" L'ouverture d'esprit n'est pas une fracture du crâne! "
Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monday. Definitely the most unpopular day of the week, contrariwise to holy Friday everyone is so grateful for.
Though, Monday is a "firsty"; a new start, the beginning of a new week where everything becomes possible again. Today is even the last first Monday of a new month for this year. Monday it kind of like the first day of January; the kick off for a brand new week with possibilities and potential successes.
I think what people are saying when they say, “Ugggh, it’s Monday”, is that the only part of their life that brings them joy is the weekend. Since Monday is the first day back from the weekend and the furthest day away from the next weekend, Monday becomes some dark and sinister power, out to decrease your happiness level.
Now, we have been conditioned to think that Monday through Friday, we get up and go someplace we don’t want to go and do something we don’t want to do. Live with that victim attitude, settle without trying to change anything, and you’re wishing the better part of your life away, telling yourself that only two days of every week have any worth, six at the most.
If the average person lives eighty years and there are fifty-two Mondays in a year, that adds up to four thousand, one hundred sixty Mondays or…ELEVEN YEARS. Are you really going to complain about eleven years of your life?
The picture above has been taken on Monday September 23rd. My first day back in Paris after summer holidays, the first Monday in a different context because I quit my job, a Monday behind many closed doors because they led me nowhere and foremost a Monday fraught with a new beginning, a new start, a new adventure : the first day of school.
On my way back home I crossed this courtyard that I had to picture and it perfectly fit that Monday with the hallway to be crossed, the bicycle, symbol of moving on and the new welcoming entrance door on the other side of the street.
Hereupon I have to get back to my books.
In the meantime, leave poor Monday alone!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A week ago I have been invited by L'Oréal to participate in their photo marathon event. To make a long story short, just have a look at this video to understand what it is about. Sole big difference and challenge compared to the edition from previous spring; on November 7th at 6 p.m. it is pitch-dark outside.
The given theme has been "Are you alive" further to this campaign for a fragrance for men by Diesel.
Double or even triple complicated if a) it's dark outside (technical challenge), b) it is a one-shot picture and not a movie and last but not least c) your name is Maxime Willems and you are bad at taking pictures of people and the main subject or lets call it object of your pictures are still lifes ,"nature-morte" in French which has not much to do with being alive.
However, the idea was there : a skater at "Place de la République" because being alive means movement, passion, talent. But I failed at point a) the technical issue due to the darkness outside and decided that instead I would do what I was best at, capturing a still life that would be alive.
You can see the result above.
A stylish light bulb inside an old vintage hand lantern. Because where you can find light, you often find life. Besides, the modern stylish light bulb brings back to life the old lantern.
I did not make it into the finalists but I must admit for once that that was not such a big deal, just participating and facing the challenge made me feel alive.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The colorful summer 2013 ended with an absolut highlight : the trip to Arles for a very special occasion... but before the party started, everyone enjoyed a stroll through the city of Arles. Overdose of happiness guaranteed.
Friday, November 1, 2013
I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.
Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.
- ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild