Age of self

Petite ceinture – November 2020

I’m perfectly aware of Wyatt’s political bias, and I must admit that I don’t share his views. Yet, this song from the early 1980s has been in my mind ever since and I can’t help thinking of this song whenever I see a selfie being made. I thought it would be slightly ironic too, to make a portrait of a selfieist (selfist?) Hopefully, this silly habit will die, one day.

They say the working class is dead, we’re all consumers now
They say that we have moved ahead – we’re all just people now
There’s people doing ‘frightfully well’ there’s others on the shelf
But never mind the second kind this is the age of self

And it seems to me if we forget our roots and where we stand
The movement will disintegrate like castles built on sand

The age of self – Robert Wyatt

Stairwell – Petite Ceinture – Paris 14th district

This picture reminded me of Maurits Escher and his celebrated stairwells

A fascinating story of the Penroses being inspired by Escher’s impossible representations, which in turn inspired Escher who created renditions of the Penrose steps like the ones above or below.

Fascinating too is the fact that Escherian stairwells or Penrose Steps were used by Christopher Nolan for Inception in the following scene.

The illusion is perfect but how were they able to do that? Here is the explanation.

Some film student managed to make a viral video with a seemingly real Penrose Steps staircase. It was the subject of his thesis and attracted millions of views on YouTube.

But the myth is debunked, quite pedantically, by Captain Disillusion.

I have also taken other pictures (here and there) with impressions of Escherian stairwells.