Sunday, August 29, 2010

a la Mediatheque

'Library', translates to Mediatheque in French. This can be lost in translation. The French still use the word Library but it stands for 'book shop'. So if you are expecting to borrow some books from a public service, please be aware of this fact. You do not want a crazy French person chasing you for money. So I decided to visit La Mediatheque. Its a rather grand place, although I didn't get to see most of it. I couldn't get past the graphic novel section that takes up most of the first floor.
The French are obsessed with the graphic novel culture. Its the largest section in any book store as well. You can always find people of all ages enjoying this counter culture. Its not an odd site to see old grannies having a good parooze through a graphic novel too.
I thought it would be a great idea to study up on some good illustrators. These two drawings I did were inspired by some of the best. The boy is very similar to my favourite illustrator, Adrian Tomine. I advise you to check out some french cartoonists Winshluss- 'Pinnochio', and Matteo and Zidrou- 'La Meche Rebelle'.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Every time I walk past the birthing clinic across the road from my lodging, I hear the cries of new born babies through the windows. Each time it reminds me of a Woody Allen poem that my 62 yr old friend introduced to me, and now i shall share it with you.

NEXT LIFE, by Woody Allen

In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead
and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people's home
feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go
collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold
watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you're
young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and
are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then
go to primary school, you become a kid, you play. You have no
responsibilities, you become a baby until you are born. And then you
spend your last 9 months floating in luxurious spa-like conditions with
central heating and room service on tap, larger quarters every day and
then Voila! You finish off as an orgasm!
I rest my case.)


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Hook up to your ocean

In relation to The Waterboys song- This is the sea, and me craving the ocean, my mother has sent me something special.
She sent me the shores of Western Australia in a matchbox. So wherever i travel i have the ocean with me.
I found this quote by Shri Bhagavan yesterday, ' The world has an ocean to give, don't come with teaspoons'. In my mothers case, she came with a matchbox and i big heart of sharing something that is so special to me. Although the quote is a metaphor for being ready to receive something greater than we expect.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Moustache Mood

It occurred to me that i have a moustache collection in my pictures. Maybe I've been picking up vibes from a moustached frenchy.

Jen goes jogging with Diana

This is my first experimentation with Diana the Lomography camera. And after a very expensive development process i now can share with a few images of what Nantes looks like to me. In a 'Monet' kind of way, the lomography creates the exact effect that my eyes do when I'm not sporting my spectacles.

The Waterboys - This is the Sea-Riding Giants

In the spirit of summer and all the french fleeing to the ocean this month. This song was released the year i was born and twenty five years later i discovered it on the documentary, Riding Giants. The Waterboys- This is the sea, is playing in my head nonstop and is exactly how i feel right now. I live by the river and i miss the sea.