When we were renovating our new (very old) house in Poitiers, Hotel Mercure Poitiers Centre was our base. We would turn up scruffy — we’re talking paint-on-our-noses and plaster-on-our-pants scruffy — yet we were always greeted with a big smile and pleasant, clean room. A few times, Hotel Mercure even upgraded us to a double suite with a ridiculously-huge-by-French-standards’ terrace that was nothing less than a slice of heaven after a hard day of renovations. With a bottle of wine […]
Nietzche once famously said “God is dead”. Lately, I’m of the opinion that free will is dead. Feel free to believe me because as I just mentioned, free will is dead. Seriously folks… I recently found a quote that I loved but couldn’t suss out who originally made the remark for the life of me — or the death of me. It had been repeated (uh, I mean shared) so many times on Facebook and Instagram that his or her […]
Okay, I’m actually talking about easyJet. Yes, that airline that is either one or two words (no one can remember) with its retro white font proudly displayed on a c. 1970’s orange background. And don’t get me started that “easy” is all lower case and “Jet” begins with a capital letter and is smack dab in the middle of the name. Quite confusing for those of us with grammatical rules (this isn’t Nam!). While booking easyJet (yes, they have great […]
I recently created My Death Playlist which is brilliant, if I must say so myself, and includes songs by The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bowie (of course), Frank Sinatra, Brian Eno and Jeff Buckley’s version Hallelujah (sorry Leonard) at at the end “The End” by the Doors. Of course. The door has closed. But that said, I am winning this cancer fight (funny, I don’t feel like it’s a fight!). DNA on my side, my favorite (paternal) Aunt had breast […]
Recently I spied Frida Kahlo’s image in a shop window with the sunlight dappled ever-just-so. Behind the lens, her image was refracting light and Frida was simultaneously fresh, alive, pop art-ish and retro like an old favorite poster. I was so inspired, I re-cracked (new word) open my books (and Googled her ) and reread about Frida and relooked at her paintings. Frida Kahlo still inspires today! She was a Mexican painter born in 1907 (died in 1954) known for […]
I am getting a tattoo for my belated birthday (when you’re older, everything slows down, hence the ‘belated’ part). I’m tatting at one of the best tattoo shops in the world in Amsterdam, Schiffmacher & Veldhorn. I already feel feel like rock ‘n’ roll royalty! That said, no one likes the idea that I’m getting a tattoo. Apparently, somewhat like zombies, people are of the opinion that there are just too many of them. Yet I like the idea that […]
If you haven’t heard, there’s a canicule in French or heat wave (oddly, heat wave is two words in American English or heatwave is one word in British speak). But no whimpering allowed. After all, it’s far better than the ice age — and France is en fête during July and August. There’s a party to your right, a free concert to your left and you’ll likely walk smack dab into an impromptu poetry reading or pop-up art fair. All you need is the […]
At Paris Lit Up at Culture Rapide in Paris, we were all on fire…reciting poetry with no air conditioning (although to Emily’s credit – or somebody’s – there were three fans). The stage is painted a fiery red and there was quite a crowd, adding to the searing (and soaring) heat of it all. Adorning the red lacquer walls are bumper stickers, strange drawings and vintage concert posters. So if you hated the poetry (or whatever), you could literally stare at […]
Summer Solstice 2019 has arrived! In France, the first day of summer is also the Fête de la musique with music wafting (wailing?) through the air…from the town square to an open window to a park bench. For 24 hours, everyone is encouraged to make music and the French police can’t arrest you for disturbing the peace (gotta love France!). So put on some stylish shades, grab a bottle of rosé and make some music people!
I looked up the word “poetry” on a whim in my trusty Webster’s New World Thesaurus and was happy to discover a complex amount of synonyms …”poem, song, versification, metrical composition, rime, rhyme, poesy, stanza, rhythmical composition, poetical writings. Forms of verse including the following: Shakespearean sonnet, Italian sonnet, Miltonic sonnet, Wordsworthian sonnet, Chaucerian stanza, Spenserian stanza, heroic couplet, Alexandrine, iambic pentameter, rhyme royal, ottava rima, couplet, distich, epode, triolet, rondeau, rondel, rondelet, tanka, haiku, ballade, destine, villanelle, limerick, blank […]
‘I’M CLEAR’ is one of the hidden phrases inside the word ‘MIRACLE’ and let’s face it, unlocking words makes me feel like I cracked part of the code. This inspiring code cracking made me spuriously write down 44 words (plus an acronym) contained inside of the word ‘MIRACLE’ and some are nothing less than miraculous. ace air ale am are arm calm came car care clam clear cram cream crime ear eclair el ice ire lace lair lame liar lice lie […]
I am pretty sure the mothership has landed. I took this photograph while running a boring domestic errand. It was one of those magical, mystical photos that looks even more layered and magical as you keep looking or re-looking at it. This is one of those. Oh, and yeah, they’ve landed!
I just moved house and everywhere I looked there was ‘Fragile’ tape adhered to everything. Little did it help because the movers managed to break most of my breakable stuff, which I had to tearfully paw through and chuck. This lesson in letting go of family heirlooms and other fragile bits had me staring intently at the word “Fragile” and deconstructing it. In breaking it down (pun intended), I spied no less than 50 words contained in the word ‘Fragile’ […]
In 2004, Wangari Maathai (b. 1940 – d. 2011), an environmentalist and women’s rights advocate because the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” It is said that Ms. Maathai planted 30 million trees across Africa to help protect the environment. This photo which I recently came across again (and again and again and again — okay, I get it Universe! Published! Done!) jarred my memory and I thought Ms Maathai […]
A bronze of Jeanne d’arc (Joan of Arc) proudly stands in the center of Poitiers, a lovely French city which happens to celebrate women. Recently someone applied a little makeup to Joan. And who am I to argue that Joan didn’t need a little lip gloss? Cute hairstyle by the way. Lipstick, cute hairdo and the crusades – way to go Joan! The first time I visited this city, there were posters plastered all over the city celebrating the […]
I photo-grabbed this portion of a wall where the shop owner had painted out the graffiti. A rare sight in France. So I stopped and studied it until I found the bit that looked like a piece of art – art but not art – anti-art, if you will. In France, “they” (you know, the-powers-at-be) believe that graffiti is an art form (yes…hello?) so they typically leave the graffiti wherever the artist laid it down…a wall, a train car, an […]
I am an electric person also known as a SLIder, partial acronym for ‘Street Lamp Interference’ AKA HVS (high voltage syndrome), and there are a few other labels for people who are affected — and affect — electrical currents. I manage to disrupt common household appliances, make my computer go wonky, blow out lightbulbs and street lamps, particularly when I’m over excited or stressed out. I joke about it so people I hang out with aren’t too alarmed when it […]
Oh Shit!…what an indispensable expression! I saw this graffitied on a wall in downtown Tours (a fabulous medieval French city) and thought “Oh Shit!…what a great shot”. But then remembered that I forgot my camera back at my hotel room (Oh Shit!). Thinking on my feet, I quickly hoofed it back to the hotel to grab it, worrying that the light would change (Oh Shit!). But happily, I made it back to the spot with a good deal of sunlight […]
This shot was taken in a bathroom in a dive bar while I was really sauced. Despite my saucy state, I still manage to see images that strike me — and this was definitely one that struck me, with it’s frightening skeletal-like teeth at the top of the photo to the word “Magique” to the thorny red chain and torn paper. To most, it would be a barely noticeable image but to me, it slapped me in the face and […]
From possessed puppet I once met in Prague – to porcelain dolls for sale in flea markets throughout Europe – I have met puppets and dolls with otherworldly presences surrounding them, who appear to be far more than their humble porcelain or plastic origins. In this series, I capture those puppets and dolls that possess a living energy and spirit, which shines through in a moment of time.
The roadways, highways, byways, streets, avenues, country roads, alleys…they all lead somewhere…scenes unfamiliar, senses heightened, images unfurling. Growing up in Los Angeles, I like to watch the white lines that speak of a new life, a new destiny, a new experience — and I love to capture the promise of that hopeful journey on film.
The creation of artwork about love is centuries old. This photography series, “Love First”, mounted onto wood or metal, celebrates and captures images of love from around the world. Love is everywhere and everything – yet love is nothing as there is no tangible evidence that it even exists. Spooky!
I adore Pop art / Op art, which leads me to old school carnival rides for children that twirl about throughout the world. I take a seat on the nearest bench and watch the colors of the rides swirl into a frenzy and listen to the jubilant squeals of the children. Pure childish pleasure!
‘Losing my Religion’ started by accident one New Year’s Day (I know, a likely story!). Then I literally stumbled upon (well, into) a life-size manger scene and onto the Jesus and I took some photos of baby Jesus and his friends. This was one of his Disciples. I thought the lighting was poor so I didn’t think the photograph would turn out but I love the confessional quality of it.