Are you afraid of the Dark?

Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth…
― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

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It is said, we all have our dark side. And most of us are afraid of it. They hide or deny it, and think that no one will ever notice anything if it’s buried deep enough. They become chained by the Darkness instead of using it by learning to controll. They equal Darkness with all the bad things and feel ok with it.

The darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so.
― Jenna Maclaine, Bound By Sin

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 Personally, I prefer to consider Light and Darkness as two parts of the whole. Not as the representation of good and evil, but rather as day and night, Sun and Moon.

There’s something about Darkness that truly fascinates me. Looking into it leaves me speechless. Freedom, emotions, beauty, mystery, temptation. It’s pure magic!

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Imagine looking into someone’s eyes and getting goosebumps when you start drowning in the blackholes of his or her pupils, because you notice a glimpse of that irresistible Darkness inside. Domination? Punishment? Yes, please.

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
― Mary Oliver

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I was thinking a lot about such things lately. The only conclusion I came to is that I would never ever give up or refuse this gift. I would be proud and would never hide or try to bury it again, as I did almost my whole life.

Oh, la la la vie en rose… Uhm… No, thanks.

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The Expanse. Do you miss Earth?

I am one of those people who often say: “That’s not how it was in the book” or “The book was better”. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire), Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Ender’s Game etc. Sometimes you watch something because you liked a book, sometimes an interesting movie/series/game inspires you to read something. I even read Larry Niven’s Ringworld because it somehow influenced Halo… Nerd.

I am also one of those people who like love adore science fiction and all sorts of space adventures. Star Wars? Yes, please. Stargate? Gimme more. And when will they finally bring Azimov’s Foundation to the big screen?

That’s why when these things come together I get all excited (and suspicious at the same time, because, you know… sometimes they create things like John Carter).

Couple days ago I ran into new SyFy series The Expanse, based on the best-selling books by James S. A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).

“Yay!”, I said to myself. I haven’t read any of those books, but since it’s based on the novels, it must have a good story line… I mean, I know, Twilight and 50 Shades of Gray were based on best-sellers too, but… uhm… if you try to film crap, you won’t get anything good of it.

Still… The Expanse.

Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets rely on the resources of the Asteroid Belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising between these three places. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it will take is a single spark.

Ok, that’s pretty banal and doesn’t say much.

Two hundred years from now, detective Joe Miller, born on the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt, is given the assignment to find a missing heiress, Julie Andromeda Mao. Meanwhile, the first officer of the ice freighter Canterbury, James Holden, is involved in a tragic incident that threatens to destabilize Earth, Mars and the Belt. At the same time a high-ranking United Nations politician Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon, the three find out that the missing young woman and the ice trawler’s tragedy are part of a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

The Expanse blends sci-fi elements and detective noir. It also has gorgeous cinematography, mystery, sombre and dramatic plot. It’s as good as Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (2004). Some even say it’s almost like Game of Thrones in space!

I can say, The Expanse is one of the best sci-fi tv shows we’ve had in years. And The Expanse novels are definitely in my to read list now.

P. S.: Greorge R. R. Martin urged y’all to check it out!

Robert Frank

398bd100ab1ae90a1a0736c07712ccfeRobert Frank (born Nov 9, 1924) is a Swiss photograher and documentary filmmaker, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1947. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography.

His monograph “The Americans”, first published in 1958,  is one of the most influential photo books of all-time. It features photographs taken by Robert Frank in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. Text for this book was written by the American novelist Jack Kerouac.

In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking.

Perhaps Frank’s best-known film is Cocksucker blues . It chronicled The Rolling Stones
american tour 1972 in support of their album “Exile on Main Street”. The film was embargoed by the band and banned by censors. In 1977, Frank went to court and won the right to exhibit Cocksucker Blues four
times a year, on the condition that the filmmaker himself was present.

I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others. Perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph. – Robert Frank

 

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Gregory Crewdson’s Photography

Gregory Crewdson is an american photographer known for his cinematic and surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods.

This interesting video by Reserve Channel shows the process of constructing his extremely detailed photographs, that look like Stephen Spielberg or David Lynch movies put into single frame.

 

Something about being ‘professional’

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Somehow the majority of so-called successful and famous professionals act extremely narcissistic and arrogant. It could be the way they communicate only with the same ‘professionals’ or their ‘collegues’ and not answer to other people whith whom they’re ‘not friends’; or the way they talk to other people trying to show how much better, smarter, more famous and more paid they are. It may be even just in the way they decorate their rooms. But the main thought behind all of this is ‘I’m better than you, and I don’t want to spend my time on someone who doesn’t see my greatness’.

Oh, fuck you!

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Simplicity

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This post was maturing in my head for a very long time, fertilized by the behavior and actions of some people I don’t want to understand anymore. Some people who tend to complicate the simplest things by making up scarecrows and excuses.

Bref…

Life is not that complicated, actually. I mean, the Universe is the most amazing and complicated thing ever, but that’s not the point.

À la base, life is about being happy, loving deeply and doing things you like. You find someone who makes you happy (and that is one of the biggest gifts the Universe gives you after you life itself, of course), you do things you like, you think “wow, life is beautiful” and feel happy and voilà, your life becomes full and the world around you seems like the best place ever. Because our thoughts become our reality.

Simple as that.

But no.

People worry their heads with money (surtout, their absence), some social statuses, big houses, cars, careers that are not successful enough. They don’t see and don’t care about anything else, and their fears become their reality.

“I’ll think about really important things when I have/do/become n’importe quoi.”

Yeah, sure. And then you will definitely start your diet on Monday.

Not that these things are not important at all, but building you life around and depending on them seems stupid. Like you know maybe someone needs your time, help, attention or a simple hug and a cup of hot chocolate while you’re taking on expression of being so busy, classy and professional. I mean, it’s not that fucking hard to show and say that you care. From time to time.

I often think of Dave Grohl’s words about his children. They don’t care if he’s in the Foo Fighters, that he’s a rock star or anything else. They fucking want a smoothie so he just has to go and make it. Because he is their father. And he can be both a rockstar and a simple man at the same time.

So you’re a CEO, a rock star, an actor, a librarian, a driver? Or you think you have nothing and so on and so forth? So what? You’re still made of the same stardust as others.

Life and happiness are not a diet you can start on Monday. They’re made of billions unique moments you lose every second. Why being afraid? Why finding excuses to do things of your dreams? The future will not come in unless you open a door and invite it.

If everyone would just stop complicating every thing, life would become so much easier.

Paris, I love you!

It’s been almost two weeks since I finally moved to Paris. A beautiful and inspiring city, full of light and dreams. This is a magical lieu that has always taken a special place in my heart. And now I know why.

I dreamed of living in Paris since I first saw Romeo et Juliette, a musical by Gerard Presgurvic. I was 14 years old, and in love with french musicals.

Now I’m 25, and I live in Paris. I have a list of comédies musicales I want to visit and people I want to meet; I have the opportunity to spend the whole day in a beautiful studio in the heart of a culinary school (oh, those tartes de citron…) and learn from a very talented french photographer Mathilde de l’Ecotais.

I’ve been told that Paris only accepts those who come here and say: bitch, I’m your master! So… the master’s here, bitch! 😉

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The Many Lives of William Klein

William Klein is an American-born French photographer and filmmaker, one of the most influential photographers in the medium’s history. He earned a reputation as an anti-photographer’s photographer and has described his work as “a crash course in what was not to be done in photography.”

William Klein pioneered the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, used high-grain film. His photos were often blurred or out of focus, his negatives were over-exposed. He took fashion out of the studio and into the streets.

William Klein was an artist who set out to re-invent the photographic document.

I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn’t interest me… there were things you could do with a camera that you couldn’t do with any other medium… grain, contrast, blur, cock-eyed framing, eliminating or exaggerating grey tones and so on. I thought it would be good to show what’s possible, to say that this is as valid of a way of using the camera as conventional approaches.William Klein

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Black Lodge returns with new “THOUGHTS” video

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Black Lodge, an American Industrial Rock band from Los Angeles, was founded during the summer of 2012 by guitarist Johnny Royal, and consists of:

  • Johnny Royal – guitars
  • Raanen Bozzio (son of legendary drummer Terry Bozzio) – drums
  • Daniel Sahagún – vocals
  • Nero Bellum – synth/bass

They are now preparing their full-length album (which is slated to be released in early 2016) with Lee Miles (producer), Johnny Royal and Daniel Sahagun (co-producers), Matt Dougherty (co-producer/engineer), and Sean Beavan (mixer).

You can hear a track “Thoughts” from the forthcoming album in the brand-new performance video, filmed at the Realm Studios, featuring guest appearance from Carmen Electra.

P. S. : If you’re in LA this Friday, September 4 be sure not to miss Black Lodge at The Viper Room.