Our trip included some stops in Italy, and I had fun with sculptures.
Last April, I went to Canada, and still haven’t posted any picture. However, during summer, I went on a three-week trip across Europe, visiting some of the main cities in the western countries. I took so many pictures that it took me a long time to sort them out. Here are some of my favourite ones, related to architecture.
Scrolling up and down,
Scrolling left and right.
Tinder, Grindr, Twitter, Tumblr :
All the same, a waste of time.
Tick-tock, tick-tock : lost in time.
A picture lost among millions.
Like, pass, like, like, pass.
Tinder, Grindr, all the same.
When will love happen ?
NB : It wasn’t written on Valentine’s Day ! haha
It all began with a poem in February 2013, Forest, or the Death of Romanticism. At the time, I did not know where I was going with my blog. I knew I wanted to share my poetry, as well as some of my photographs.
This article is a way to share my favourite articles on this blog, so feel free to click and have a read on things you may have missed. All links open in a new tab.
It was five years ago, and now, I think I am quite happy with what Writing One’s Dream and the Dream of Writing has become : a sort of map of my human and artistic experiences. I have said it many times : I am an amateur in both writing and taking photos ; yet, I think that you do not need to be an expert to share what you create.
Recently, I started reviews on books I read, including Despentes’ Vernon Subutex and Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. I also talked about series I watched, such as Dark. In the future, I would like to talk about films as well.
A few years ago, when in Ireland, I worked on an amazing project about the importance of money in society. After interviewing many people, I wrote a kind of summary of the answers : What if money did not exist ?
I loved this project, and I hope I can create something similar soon. The truth is that when I created the blog, I was still studying and had more time than I do now. Especially since I have also started writing a novel on Scribay.
I would finally like to thank all the people who follow me, comment and like what I do. It’s always a pleasure to see that my work is appreciated. For those who haven’t yet, you can follow me on WordPress, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.
I have shared on this blog many pictures of my trips in different places of Europe, but I realised I haven’t shared a lot of the city I come from : Boulogne-sur-Mer, located on the coast in the North of France. So, here we are !
4 buildings, designed by Pierre Vivien.
Outside and insite the cathedral, designed by Benoit-Agathon Haffreingue
Four buildings and a tower (in which I lived for two years). View of the port.
Eglise Saint-Nicolas, Place Dalton, in the centre of the city
As I am trying to develop my blog and talk more about art in general, I thought now is the time to tell you about some music I love. I have hundreds of bands and singers I like, so I had to reduce to a top four. I was about to present five but I don’t want the article to be too long. Below, you’ll find some information about them, as well as links to their Spotify pages and my favourite song for each.
1/ Sigur Ros
Born in 1994 in Iceland, the band quickly became famous around the world, thanks to the singularity of their music style. For instance, Jonsi (the lead singer), plays the electric guitar with a bow. I could do research to tell you the exact music genre, but that’s not funny. I think we could call it psychedelic, post-rock.
I have seen them live in Lille a few years ago and to this day, it is still the best concert I went to. They pay a lot of attention to the atmosphere, playing with lights and displaying clips on a screen.
Talking about the visual aspects of Sigur Ros, they have done many things over the years After an international tour, they went back to Iceland and played in different places around the country for free, to thank the population who made them who they are. They made a film, Heima, which gives a great overview of their music, as well as landscapes of Iceland. They also asked famous filmmakers to create clips for their album Valtari, and the result is amazing, and available on the band’s Youtube channel. More recently, they organised a festival in Reykjavik, in the beautiful Harpa (I have some pictures of the building, just click).
I could talk about them for hours, they are definitely my top 1.
Link to their Spotify : HERE.
Favourite song : Ekki Mukk (Valtari album)
2/ Antony and the Johnsons (now Anohni)
Antony Hegarty created the band in 1998. I actually do not know a lot of the history of the band, but I don’t think it would make a difference to know anything. What is special is Antony’s voice, which is one of an angel (I could have said the same thing about Jonsi in Sigur Ros), a voice so powerful that it made me shiver many nights. I have written many poems listening to Antony and the Johnsons.
Antony also worked with many artists I love, including Lou Reed, on the album The Raven (for those who love Edgar Allan Poe, it’s amazing), Björk and Leonard Cohen among others. Okay, I’ll quote CocoRosie too !
As Anohni, the music evolved to an experimental electronic genre. Even tough I liked the album Hopelessness (2016) a bit less, I was still enjoying the powerful voice of the artist.
Link to their Spotify : HERE.
Favourite songs : Hope there’s someone // Fistful of Love
3/ The Smiths (I am actually listening right now)
If you love British Indie rock bands from the 1980s, The Smiths is perfect for you. With Morrissey as lead singer, the group quickly became top of the charts.
What I love about them is how they mix genres, making each album a unique piece. I mean, if you listen to “This Charming Man” and “Asleep”, you’ll understand what I mean. Some of their songs are very melancholic while others can be more joyful.
Influenced by the Punk movement, The Smiths also used their music to convey political messages, including their views on Thatcherism or on the treatment of animals (Meat is Murder, 1985).
Link to their spotify : HERE.
Favourite song : Asleep
4/ Pink Floyd
Okay, I feel like if I tried to explain what Pink Floyd are, I would make a fool of myself. First, because I think they are famous enough ; second because they are so many different things. So I won’t go into details on the history on the band, which can be easily found online anyways.
Pink Floyd make me dream.
Every album is unique and you can really see an evolution between the early period and the most recent works. As I do not want to describe each album, I will just focus on two, that have really inspired me.
The Dark Side of the Moon is maybe the most famous one (after The Wall). It is thanks to this work that I have discovered the band. It could work as a single song, each track following the previous one with perfection.
Atom Heart Mother dates back to their early period (1970). With a 23-minute suite as a first song, it is a trip of the mind through different genres, including some opera voices at some point. The last song, “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” even includes recording of sounds of chewing and cutlery hitting china. It is definitely an experience which goes beyond music itself.
Okay, I only said two albums but I just want to make a reference to Animals (1977) because it was inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and I love both works so much.
Link to their Spotify : HERE.
Favourite song : Echoes (23 minutes)
NB : I hope it is clear enough on the picture, but you should follow the numbers. The last lines should then be :
Dark Dark Dark // Dark mind, Dark me, Dark people. // Don’t mind me, people. // Don’t look up.
Hope you enjoy it !
I don’t know how long I’ll stay there, but if you are interested in reading more about stuff I care about (art, vegetarianism, Human Rights, etc), you can join me on Twitter.
Also, I will share some of my articles there, so it would be a good way to get more poetry and photos.
It’s right HEEEEEEEEERE !