Sunday, 31 October 2010

Halloween II

Seville Theatre


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York Theatre

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Eaton's department store (has been renovated since/a été rénové depuis)

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The Queen's Hotel

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Harpell Press

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I have a certain passion for abandoned buildings, witnesses of a past history and use that will never be repeated, that are destined to be forgotten. I've recently discovered that about ten years ago, a Montrealer has classified and photographed a certain number of those buildings including some that have since been demolished. They are a bit like urban haunted houses, perfect for today's theme!

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J'ai une certaine passion pour les immeubles abandonnés, témoins d'une histoire, d'une utilisation passée qui ne se répétera jamais, qui sont destinés à l'oubli. J'ai récemment découvert qu'il y a environ dix ans, un Montréalais a répertorié et photographié un bon nombre de ces immeubles, certains ayant été démolis depuis. Ce sont un peu comme des maisons hantées citadines, parfaites pour le thème d'aujourd'hui!

Photos via Montreal Abandoned Buildings.

Halloween I

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Confession: I adore Halloween, and even if each year I tell myself it's not that important, I adore dressing up. Last night, I was supposed to go out (which did not happen) but I still managed to wear three different costumes in my apartment (ballerina-Annie Hall-Greta Garbo)! In fact, I only layered a bunch of things I already had, but it counts anyway, does it? I really wanted to dress up as Twin Peaks' Log Lady, and was a bit too proud of it, but that didn't materialize.

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Confession: j'adore l'Halloween, et même si chaque année je me dis que ce n'est pas si important, j'adore me déguiser. Hier soir, je devais sortir (ce qui n'est pas arrivé) mais j'ai tout de même eu l'occasion de porter trois costumes différents à mon appartement (ballerine-Annie Hall-Greta Garbo)! En fait, j'ai seulement empilé des trucs que j'avais déjà, mais bon, ça compte quand même, non? Je voulais vraiment me déguiser en Log Lady de Twin Peaks, et j'en étais même un peu trop fière, mais ça n'est pas arrivé.

Photos: 1, 2(Helen Levitt), 3(Meredith Phipps), 4(Ellen von Unwerth), 5?, 6(Aimée Brodeur), 7?.
P.S. J'ai décidé d'écrire ce blog en français aussi bien qu'en anglais, ça vous plaît?

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Found Objects

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Let me urge you to have a look at one of my new favourite blogs, Found Objects. Everything's in the title, it's like a treasure trove of all the things you've found in pockets of old coats, or tucked behind books at your favourite second-hand shop. Moreover, it is updated very often, and everything is well selected. Oh, and please listen to Busy Streets, it's hilarious!

Running after pigeons

Brockville ON zebra

Summer in the city

Hair

Running after pigeons

Reflections

Bus aesthetics

Fooling around with a disposable camera again! I really enjoy how they are like those surprise bags: I have no knowledge of what they contain exactly, but am always excited to get my hands on one. I have my eyes on a nice, old, light (!) camera from the nearest brocante which I would be able to carry everywhere I go. Having it in my possession would probably mean I would stop taking bleak photos of my apartment and surroundings and introduce people to my film!

It is currently mid-term essay season for me, but everything should get back in order very soon. x

Sunday, 17 October 2010

My new favourite song!

I can't be bothered to have one, only one favourite song (why limit myself?), but more of a list of favourite songs to which I add new ones as I discover them. Johnny Remember Me is my new favourite song, sung by John Leyton and produced by Joe Meek (a growing obsession).

Oh, and the way he says "Darling"!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Revolving around my mind

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Michela Heim's photos have been constantly revolving around my mind recently. Her aesthetic revolves around nostalgia, but also in the stillness of the subjects she captures, making them appear as if they had always been there and will remain there after the shutter has closed, a notion of permanence even in movement. It is that permanence that makes them stick to my thoughts so much, driving me to see my daily life through her lense, falsifying colours and making images truer to life by involving a mood and not only a clear representation of reality. This is what photography is about, the past and the immortality of a moment, and she represents both perfectly.

For more fantastic photos, visit Michela's blog and flickr!

Monday, 11 October 2010

A bit of silk, some dark lipstick

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Even though I do follow what's new during fashion week, it is usually with a desinterested interest: most of my personal inspiration is historical, cultural, 20th century menswear classics, although I suppose that said like that, it all comes round to the same to a certain point. But sometimes, history and runway meet up, a look of a present season reminds me of something else and it makes me like it the better. This is why I got very excited when I saw the Vuitton collection which reminds me of the 1910s-1920s, partly inspired by what comes in mind when talking about early 20th century Chinese imports. The essence of this look is something so elegant and frivolous at the same time, it makes me weak in the knees, shiver with eagerness for a nightly outing. Marc Jacobs, no matter what he does, has been keeping me excited about fashion since I first opened a fashion magazine.

Photos via style.com and The Sartorialist.

How have you been?

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Wishing: for more time to see dear friends that moved here recently, or that I haven't seen in a long time.

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Hoping: that APC is not well-known in Montreal so that I can get my hands on an eventually reduced Madras blouse from the special selection at... UO (I told you it was a quite a relationship, but my shallow self's reasoning is that no one else carries them).

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Reading: Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (book report will be on its way as soon as I'm finished).




Listening: to Joy Division, Bob Dylan, Glenn Miller, Leonard Cohen, a seasonal reflex.

Watching: Telstar; early sixties images and fantastic music produced by Joe Meek can never be wrong.

Gifted: a pair of burgundy gloves from Madova, Florence, and a pair of sandals tailored on my dreams from Rome, both from my parents. They have amazing flair when it comes to gifts, even if they don't believe so.

Visited: Hull & Ottawa, been to the Victoire shoes & lingerie party (but didn't buy anything), had vanilla tea and butterscotch square at the Tea Party.

Started to write again, what a relief.

Photos: 1?, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Friday, 1 October 2010

For you, my dear

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A flat elephant and other wonders from the American Museum of Natural History.

I find the photographies of the preparation of those exhibitions as fascinating, if not more, than what we are invited to visit. I also have an odd interest for dioramas as the simple concept they are based upon is so strange. Better than a wax museum, they display usually real (taxidermied) animals in action, as if we were surprising a frozen parcel of their daily life; like a multi-faceted photography, or a single dimension of real life.

On the subject of dioramas, the first time I heard it was the name for those compositions was when my boyfriend was writing a poem about Dale Guthrie, the archaelogist who ate a piece of perfectly preserved prehistorical meat... what a story!

All photos via the American Museum of Natural History.