quote #11

The lighting was unforgiving, bringing out pallor and blemishes. The chairs and seats, painted in childishly bright colours, had the strained jollity of a fake smile. No one in the station was talking, no one admitting to curiousity or fellow feeling. We gazed blankly past one another at the serving counter or out into the darkness. We might have been seated among rocks. I felt lonely but, for once, this was a gentle, even pleasant kind of loneliness because, rather than unfolding against a backdrop of laughter and fellowship, in which I would suffer from a contrast between my mood and the environment, this loneliness unfolded in a place where everyone was a stranger, where the difficulites of communication and the frustrated longing for love seemed to be acknowledged and brutally celebrated...

Alain de Botton
On the Pleasure of Sadness


photo #14


sketch #18


sketch #17

movie #10

For me, the beauty of this film is not so much in Fellini's storytelling but rather in the magical performance of Giulietta Masina who plays the naive and innocent Gelsomina. Highly recommended.


inspiration #14

Edward Burtynsky
Manufacturing #11


sketch #16

quote #10

The Layers

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
"Live in the layers,
not on the litter."
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.

Stanley Kunitz


sketch #15


music #3

Last winter, I made a last minute decision to check out Blockhead and TTC at the Knitting Factory. Blockhead opened and was smashing some craziness and I was lovin' it. It was one of those shows that lingers with you long after you've left and reminds you to make more of an effort to check out live music. So recently, I came across this track of Blockhead live in NY and wanted to share as I'm remembering how good it was. Enjoy.

Artist: Blockhead
Title: Blockhead Live from NY
Album: The Block is Hot Part 2


inspiration #13

Olivio Barbieri
Walt Disney Concert Hall / Santa Monica Pier / The Coliseum

The first time I came across these photos, I was certain they were models and was baffled at the level of detail. But they're actual aerial photos using a tilt-shift lens which allows for selective focus, distorting reality into something seemingly artificial by removing detail.


sketch #14


sketch #13

inspiration #12

Marian Bantjes
Me & You

quote #9

It's not the worst I've looked... just the most I've ever cared.

Two Lone Swordsmen
Tiny Reminders


sketch #12


sketch #11

inspiration #11

Rachel Whiteread
Untitled (Library)


sketch #10

sketch #9