I found another pencil - this one is somewhere close to place Fontainas in the centre... I should probably take note. I found out I don't have any chronic lung diseases this morning, so that was good (this mostly posted for my mum's benefit - since she is mysteriously unreachable these days!) 2010 - Start of the Arab Spring. Governmental protests begun in Tunisia
Stuck on the nostalgia theme apparently - I came across my 'first ever photo' . It seems quite fitting that it would be of my brother James in the garden of our mountain home, with the swing set in the background; a few of my favorite things. I'm a bit disappointed that it's out of focus and shows no signs of any special talent but cool that my obsessive hoarding/collecting means that I still have this. Shame I didn't hoard the camera as well, although I remember it quite well, a little red and black point and shoot that I was given for my 8th (?) birthday.
Roberto Pintus is the head chef of Le Max in the pretty part of Schaerbeek not too far from the EU institutions. I've never eaten there before but I'll vouch for it all the same - it all looked and smelt incredible! Roberto is a full blooded Sardinian despite being born and bred in Brussels - his menu is Sardinian inspired and watching him prep a fish faster than I can breathe in and out is quite awe-inspiring!
For the nostalgic...
10 years since... etc etc. Happily ensconced in rural paradise, it didn't even occur to me until I had to pull my boarding pass out. Those 'where were you when...' events do set a bit of a timeline though - I can't believe how quickly 10 years have passed whilst at the same time, life is quite different! At the time I had just moved to Montreal and was about to begin studying photography. I hadn't met a lot of the people that are very important to me now and many of the key people in my life then have disappeared from my daily reality (not entirely thanks to facebook which, incidentally, didn't exist back then!), I've had a number of jobs, lived in three countries, seen three new continents, lived in an insane amount of flats... It would be quite interesting to take stock every decade. Back in the Trièves, the festival was over so we cruised to the site to help take down a few things and find Laurie who finally let us see her digs. She lives year round in a yurt with Max! Quite a different life and presumably hard work but under the blazing sun, looking out over their massive vegetable garden, it has an air of paradise about it. Goodbye to the crew and back to rainy Brussels.
Woke up in a teepee! Laurie's parents in law have a couple of yurts and a teepee which they let to holidaymakers in the summer and kindly let us crash in them for the weekend. Amazing - I discovered that dry toilets are really quite handy and that sleeping on camping mats works wonders for my back. Had coffee in the nearest 'big' village where we found Daniel & Sandrine who had picked up a lavish breakfast. Headed over to the festival where we lay in the shade sipping on fresh juices. Zafir needed a snore so we headed back to the yurts, made a fire in the pit, grilled some pig, potatoes and courgettes and didn't leave. It's amazing how rare the simpler pleasures are in a city - sitting round a fire, under the stars and chatting. Medecine for the soul.
It seemed like the 9th of September would be a good place to regroup and restart the daily blogging. It so happens I was saying a final goodbye to the summer in the Trièves, a rural/mountainous region of France, not too far from Grenoble. it's an incredible place - people move there from across France to make the most of the chilled out, creative, eco friendly vibe. My friend Laurie lives there and is part of an org that puts on a festival every year so we decided to check it out. Started the day with a hike up to a nice viewpoint, picked up Robin (an old school friend I hadn't seen in 15 years!) and headed over to the festival - good music, great vibes, tasty food and organic beer! Daniel & Sandrine pitched up from Provence in the evening with their little Zafir.
Here we go - three months of silence on the daily blogging front means some images are very much overdue. It would take me until next September to sort shots into the correct days and find images for those days when I simply lay in the sun and did nothing (or the lying in the couch when avoiding the rain when I was in Belgium). Instead, I have thrown a few images in a vaguely random order into a slideshow format - as sort of 'this is the summer that was...' with some holidaying and some commissioned stuff. In the meantime, I have also added a new portfolio gallery from a trip to Cape Town's schools.