Sunday, December 19, 2010

À une passante & photography by S.S.

Au revoir, Paris...

A few photos by Sebastian Spader that will remind me of my time living here, plus my favorite Baudelaire poem of all time-- which, in my opinion, perfectly epitomizes the phrase le coup de foudre (double meaning: lightning bolt/love at first sight).

All photos shot on 35mm with a Canon AE-1 Program.

À Une Passante

La rue assourdissante autour de moi hurlait.
Longue, mince, en grand deuil, douleur majestueuse,
Une femme passa, d'une main fastueuse
Soulevant, balançant le feston et l'ourlet;

Agile et noble, avec sa jambe de statue.
Moi, je buvais, crispé comme un extravagant,
Dans son oeil, ciel livide où germe l'ouragan,
La douceur qui fascine et le plaisir qui tue.

Un éclair... puis la nuit! — Fugitive beauté
Dont le regard m'a fait soudainement renaître,
Ne te verrai-je plus que dans l'éternité?

Ailleurs, bien loin d'ici! trop tard! jamais peut-être!
Car j'ignore où tu fuis, tu ne sais où je vais,
Ô toi que j'eusse aimée, ô toi qui le savais!

To A Passerby (English Translation)

The street about me roared with a deafening sound.
Tall, slender, in heavy mourning, majestic grief,
A woman passed, with a glittering hand
Raising, swinging the hem and flounces of her skirt;

Agile and graceful, her leg was like a statue's.
Tense as in a delirium, I drank
From her eyes, pale sky where tempests germinate,
The sweetness that enthralls and the pleasure that kills.

A lightning flash... then night! Fleeting beauty
By whose glance I was suddenly reborn,
Will I see you no more before eternity?

Elsewhere, far, far from here! too late! never perhaps!
For I know not where you fled, you know not where I go,
O you whom I would have loved, O you who knew it!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Can I Borrow Your Mixtape? #1

Voici, a playlist for that long (or not) plane ride home for the holidays. Just some stuff I've been listening to for the past couple weeks. Let's call it Paris Blizzard in light of the
tempête de neige that has enveloped my current home city for the past two days. Elle est belle alors!

Along with this lovely William Eggleston photo that epitomizes traveling in style.

Longer entries to come soon... having no internet makes blogging difficult. Cheers.