Real Folly : Chronicle 46

Creation is funny to watch “all along”. Phases.

Sparks. Accelerations. Drops off. Repetitions. Controls. Interventions. Inspiration. Loss. Destructions. Building. Weaving. Solvi


Asking people what series I should Netflix, they gave me :

  • Handmaid’s Tale
  • Mr Robot
  • Black Mirror
  • End of the F… World
  • The Affair

Happily Le Monde has a blog on this :

Other ideas?


Mon pantalon est décousu, si ça continue on verra le trou de

This stupid song is well known by all kids in France. It’s a rhyme, a loop, playing with words :

My trousers are unstitched if it goes on one will see the hole of my trousers are unstitched if it goes on one will see the hole of my trousers are unstitched… etc…

The trick is in French “décousu” (unstitched) rhymes with “cul” (ass). Therefore, etc…


Annie Ernaux says that memory is a crazy properties master, providing accessories (a bed, a lamp, a fabric) needed by imagination to help rebuild itself : the memory


I heard about a Robert De Niro speech, against Trump. Then I watched the comments on Twitter and I read all kinds of Trumpets drooling their hate about how liberals are libtards and so on. That’s the democratic game, I suppose (though in France no policital man would have the idea to separate little kids from their immigrant parents with the help of the Bible, which is a bit strange for a country… made of immigrants who sometimes came with kids). Some people I know in America are liberals, and they most of a time agree with this (which is something we have to be told, when you live in France) : rich stars telling people how to think have a devastating result, which is anger on every side. Is it true?


When one was a kid, one was really frightened about “becoming crazy”.

Then I became adult and I saw it. A too intense friend’s wife who had strong phases of depression then grandiosity. She had to be put in a mental institution, then broke her marriage, then went to live with an obese oriental cook, then commited suicide. Madness is frightening!


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Weird Street Photography : Wall & Lay


From sensitiveness to intellectual games

This is a movement I like to watch in Arts. And in a way it depends on you.

If you see a photography

  1. do you prefer to feel “Aaaaweeeee!”?
  2. or an eyebrow movement followed by happy inner questions like “Why did he do that, what does that mean, it makes me think about this, etc”?



In the domain of Street photography I wrote already two articles about Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Photographer & Jeff Wall : Photography for Thinkers, Part 1

“Near Documentary” : he elaborates pictures who “looks like” natural but are NOT. He can spend weeks on a single photography.

His pictures seems banal, ordinary, but with a slight feeling of “something’s wrong”, or “maybe fake”, or staged. Is it something you SEE really, or is it because you know this about his work?

Of course, there’s here this old idea than this little weirdness in the only way to really tell something about “reality”.

And this modernity which is that “Art evolves with the movement of thinking about its own limits, frontiers, its own character”.


Therefore you have two camps : real photographers, who show what’s happening in the world (to be witnesses), and staged photographers, who think & invent their images (with artistic or intellectual purposes).

Here are 4 Jeff Wall pics :



On the other side, I just discovered a “real” street photographer : Géraldine Lay. Who chooses situations and light and places so… carefully, that you’re almost SURE that it’s staged. But it’s not.

Hopper like. A too good to be true meeting. Etc… You keep watching, smiling, wondering…



Where, in other maps of your brain, do you like when two opposite ways of working result in the same “result for the audience”?

An interesting braid, right?


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Here are 4 Géraldine Lay pics :



Cas Oorthuys, Netherland Photographer

Cas Oorthuys, a Netherland Photographer (1908-1975), will give you a smile, “this” smile from this part of North Europa : North of France, Belgium, Netherland. You’ll understand once you’ll be there…

I could not explain where is it hidden in his photos, but I feel this man was a sweet person. I had to share!

Pinterest is full of his pictures. Explore if you like!

Have a great sunday





Pink Floyd, MBTI & other Zodiac like games


The problem with Astrology is when people use their sign as a way to be lazy, to be a handful, to be an asshole. “I’m not even sorry I can’t do nothing I’m a Scorpio you know?”.

Zodiac : lazinesses or challenges?


The problem with other human-sortings like MBTI is different. People use it to swagger like idiots. “I’m an INTJ, I’m great, I’m unique, I’m VERY rare, I’m an empath”.

Let’em boast, will you?

#INFJ & #INTJ : The Tango Feeling/Thinking


You’re a smart person and you probably all this is “magic thinking”. It’s a categories game, and these are vague enough to appear magic : “Oh fuck it’s EXACTLY SO ME!”.

Not a big deal. Finding your Zodiac sign or your MBTI is a pretty accurate way to think about yourself, about what you like and dislike, about the way you could evolve.

“The noble man improves his qualities, not his flaws”

…said a wise man somewhere. Oui?


If you realize it’s a game, a classification name in which you try to push yourself down a hole, a basin, you can use ANY other structure to think about who you are.

This morning I talked with a colleague about a GREAT documentary I DVD-burned for him about the Making of Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd. It’s very interesting, of course, to hear these guys telling how they wrote “Money” or worked with Alan Parsons.

But I said to him : “I’m Richard Wright, of course!”.



Wright is the guy on the right. He’s quiet, he’s shy, he’s the keyboards player. He bright calm, fields of sounds.

Waters is the tortured guy, the tortured thinker, a great bass player and an original singer. He’s the soul of Pink Floyd.

Gilmour is the handsome singer, handsome guitar player. He has “this” sound. And a splendid voice too! He seems the strong soul Waters probably needed to channel his too many ideas.

Mason is the drummer (on the left). And as usual he’s funny, smart, fast, the relaxed watcher of the mess. He wrote a great, great book about the group.


See me coming?

You can play this game with other groups, with the Beatles, with the Police (which is a great trio for Types : Sting the leader, great bass player, fantastic voice, Copeland the crazy energetic drummer, Summers the smart and cultivated older guitarist. And they made reggae music with that! Who else?


Tool : find a classification in a group of types, a baseball team, a choir, a team. Find who you are. And begin to think : Why are you this person? Can you learn from him/her? What are his/her patterns, tools? What does he/she BRINGS to the structure?

You go!

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Paul Graham, British photographer

Staged or not?

For most photographers, you feel and know that they “just” took the picture, right? Even the most talented. Though hey had to decide many things (the cam adjustments, the frame, the moment), they took the picture. And I love that, from Eggleston who looks like he’s a magic-eyed kid trying to gather shells, to Shore who “resolves” a picture, inventing a perfect moment with the light and how he structures what he catches.

So yes, I admit there’s pleasure, in photography, in the movement of my brain trying “to find what the photographer wants”.

For example, Paul Graham‘s picture (the man with the lawnmower) is a great photography (the light, the rain, the atmosphere, the lucky tee-shirt/road sign correspondances) in itself, I learned that it was also a part of series of photos, showed in a certain order, which brought another dimension.

Working in series is interesting : you again think on what “is showed here”. A juxtaposition? A process? What’s the link : time, drama, correspondances, random?


…questioning what photography can say, be, or look like.

What do you question in your Art? In poetry or marketing, teaching or composing, fashion or decoration, blogging?

Again, again : Is it smart to make your audience think – and be aware of what’s happening (in your work/in your head/in their head), or do you prefer bring them in a dream, as usual?

Is reality simple or complex? Where is inadequation?

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Montaigne, skepticism & casual forms (does it work for bloggers?)

Skepticism questions the possibility of certainty in knowledge.

Montaigne was a French philosopher (1533-1592), his “Essays” (the word “Essai” in French means “attempts” or “tests”).

I know you won’t read Montaigne (988 pages in translated English, paperback, $27) – I once read an interview of Orson Welles who said it was the book of his life, and he had one copy next to his bed all along.

This guy was a mess, and he wrote his essays for years, in French (in this time, you had to use Latin if you were a serious scholar), like… thinking all along.


With the goal of describing man with complete frankness and using himself as his most frequent example, Michel de Montaigne first published his “Essays” in 1580. This collection of 107 chapters encompasses a wide variety of subjects – he saw the most basic elements of man as variety and unpredictability. “What do I know?” This embodies the spirit of the entire volume, for it reflects both the inquisitory search for intellectual knowledge as well as the more personal anecdotal quality of a work that has had an enduring impact on both French and English literature for hundreds of years.


He flits around, from a thought to another. No rigor, no plan. Really!

  • “I love the poetic gait, by leaps and gambols”
  • “I lose myself, more by permit than by inattention”
  • “My ideas follow each other, but sometimes from far away”
  • “Wisdom has its excesses, and has no less need of moderation than folly”


So : breathe! Life is short! Your blog is not perfect, it’s bricolage and brain odd jobs. Who cares? Share! If Montaigne can do it, you can do it!

Is this casualness French? Nope : wisdom & folly, there are everywhere, little soul, right?


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