Last November we visited a town in Normandy, Gournay en Bray. Even the name sounds weathered. Above a derelict mansion. Must have been beautiful in the past. The old turnpike building. Not sure what the address would be: 3-8 I believe.An old weather-beaten shop. Not much is left in such towns which were flourishing in the... Continue Reading →
Jen's post today came as a relief in the midst of a dreadfully mild and damp Winter* where the river seems to be taking over the world. The banks are no longer open to the public and if you click this link you will understand why. So thinking about growth was a good idea and... Continue Reading →
A few years ago, there used to be a Renault factory on that Island, as famous for its strikes as it was for the vehicles it produced. All was shut down 25 years ago. Now, part of it is home to a new landmark by architects Shigoru Ban (JPN) and Jean de Gastines (Fr). All... Continue Reading →
Today's post is my favourite photo from 2017, one I shot on Nov 3 this year in St Tropez. It's so vibrant even though November isn't supposed to be the best of months, and it wasn't this year. It's my favourite too because we were meant to spend New year's eve on the Riviera and... Continue Reading →
Ascend There are different meanings to the word. And no doubt that Rothman's (as you can hear in his — her? — beautifully strange LP "The Book of Law") vision of ups and downs has not much to do with climbing steps nor mountains. Ascend in my sense has more to do with the vertical... Continue Reading →
Today's theme is Cheeky. Not an easy one if you ask me. I went back to my archive and I found that cheeky lizard up there, ignoring my camera while he was jumping from one rock to the other. My preferred cheeky animals however are the Meerkats. I like them with their Bambi eyes like... Continue Reading →
It’s funny that Jen chose transformation for a theme. At that very moment, at the other end of the World, I was hosting a meeting with Joe Pine (photo on the right), he who coined the expression ‘Customer Experience’, in which he was describing five major economy levels. The first one was ‘commodities’ and the last one was… transformation. And just at that moment when Jen posted her piece, I was showing Joe our little Friday exchanges.
Today’s theme is experimental and nice Krista let us choose what we wanted so I went for an experiment of mine at the former St Vincent de Paul hospital (aka "grands voisins" until it disappears next Summer; sighs…) In the basement of one of the former hospital buildings there used to be a surgical block. Christopher, a rather nice and excentric American guy, was our host. He is the fourth eye of the foursome 4ème oeil photo studio. He is the one stepping on the roll of paper. Behind him was Christophe, a French photographer who had hired the studio too. I had hired the studio experiment with portraits. I have neither enough space nor enough kit to do that at my office.
All we do and build in this world is temporary. We don’t look at it this way and yet, with hindsight, once we are dead and buried, who will remember us and what we’ve done. What will become of this website and the 2,000+ blog posts which I have written, not to mention the thousands of pieces written for clients and other blogs and sites. Even our books. Eve our houses, one day, will end up like this one, possibly a stately mansion at the beginning of the twentieth century, yet it’s crumbling to dust now.