Author: mathieumal

"Writing one's dream and the dream of writing" is a personal project I am creating in order to improve my writing skills. Mixing poetry, photography, literature, and philosophical thoughts, this blog is the melting pot of my human experiences.

The Start of Summer Sunsets

When you live by the sea, you get a chance to enjoy amazing sunsets, especially during summer. Every night brings you new colours, and new feelings. I have always felt that the contemplation of sunsets was the best remedy to the small troubles of life.

The following pictures will show you the evolution of colours on a beautiful, yet cold, summer night.

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Hopefully, the weather will improve soon and I’ll be able to go on more expeditions.

1/ 10 pm, blurry sunset

2/ 11 pm, north of France, with a 30-second exposure

3/ 11 pm, friends celebrating summer

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Art & Literature in Paris (or, Three good reasons to read this article)

No need for me to tell you that Paris is an amazing city if, like me, you love art, architecture and literature.

I only spent a weekend there recently and I thought I should talk about some discoveries that I made, as well as publish some pictures (I lost my memory card so I used my phone, low quality..).

Literature:
If you love English books, Shakespeare and Co is the perfect place to find them. The bookshop has a great collection of classics, including stories and poems from the Beat Generation (which I love), contemporary literature and non-fiction books. The staff is welcoming and very helpful.

You might even find yourself there at a time when someone is playing the piano. Surrounded by all those books, and knowing a little bit about the history of the bookshop, I felt like I had gone back in time to the beginning of the 20th century.

Art:
There are so many museums in Paris that if you are there for a weekend only, you will have troubles choosing the right one to visit. I hesitated between the Louvre (I’m French and have never visited it) and the Musée Pompidou. Because it was its 40th anniversary, I decided to visit Pompidou.

If you have never seen the architecture of the building, it is worth having a look! It is very modern (considering its age), and whether you like the style or not, the museum is very impressive among the Parisian buildings.

I loved the exhibition on Russian artists, especially the work of Vladimir Yankilevsky (click here for his website). Among other works, we were able to discover his “Anatomy of feelings” collection. It is definitely an exhibition that I would advise anyone to see.

There were so many artists that I liked, some I have written down the name but haven’t had time to look closely at their work, that it would be hard for me to tell you about them all. I can only advise to go and check them for yourselves.

Photography:
Like I have said before, I did not use my camera but my phone. The pictures aren’t perfect but they can give you an idea of what I saw (especially the view from the top of the Pompidou museum).

New project : Book Reviews

Coming soon! Because I like to write but I do not find ideas for non-fiction stories and because I love to read, I have decided that writing reviews of the books I’m reading could be a good practice.

I have studied English literature for the past 6 years so I do know a little bit about novels, short stories and poetry. Yet, I have always found it hard to express my opinions concerning the stories I was reading. By forcing myself to write on this blog, I can get better at writing and of course, expressing feelings.

And at the same time, it could give you ideas for your next book to read! I also hope that it will be an opportunity for you to give me advice on what to read.

The books I read are essentially French and English literature. The first review I am going to write will be of “Vernon Subutex”, volumes 1 & 2, written by Virginie Despentes. (I am still reading the second book at the moment and it’s really exciting).

I hope you’ll like this new topic on the blog!

My first exhibition!

If you go back a few months on my blog, you’ll see that I went to Iceland in July. I have published a few pictures, but not my favorite ones. I knew already that I was going to have them exhibited and didn’t want to spoil the surprise (for those who would be able to see it).

The exhibition (which I called Ég tala ekki íslensku*) has started this morning in my favorite café in Boulogne-sur-Mer (North of France), the Kawa Coffee House. I am really happy that it is taking place there, as I consider that place as my second home.

The photographs can be seen until the end of January. There might be another exhibition somewhere else but I still need confirmation, so hurry up if you’d like to discover a part of my work.

 

*I don’t speak Icelandic

Amsterdam

It was my first visit of Amsterdam, but not the last! The city is amazing, full of surprises. I especially loved the architecture, the crooked buildings and of course, the canals. I spent only a short time there and I haven’t been able to visit any museum or try to find the best independent café (which I love to do when I travel!).

 

Oh, and I found my favorite shop in Amsterdam.

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Geysir – Iceland 2016

I recently published pictures of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik and I thought tonight was a good time for some landscape pictures.

This is the site where Geysir is and from the top of the mount at the back of the first picture, we had an amazing view on a valley with streams and colourful grounds.

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