Stories from the city…

It’s all around you, wherever you look, whatever path you take. Even if you don’t recognize it right now, you know you will soon enough. You know they will be here, there, everywhere. The people. The buildings. Noises, colors, odors. They don’t ever go away, not even in the deepest of night. Essential and lively …

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On the other’s side

History is dotted with conflicts. Freedom, territory, religion, Men always find reasons to fight against each other. Some of those fights have been going on for so many years, it seems like there is no solution. But life goes on, no matter what. People have to find ways to live, even during troubled times. They …

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The people who lived inside a tale

    It could be anticipation, or even science fiction. It could be an episode from The Twilight Zone. If it were, it would probably be entertaining and lead to an interesting reflection. But it’s reality. It’s happening, right now, next to us. Just like that, entertainment is out, and reflection matters more than ever. …

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The Explorers

They started by walking as far as land would go. But it takes more to stop Man from discovery. They built roads, they built boats, they built bridges, and they managed to fly. Then they painted what they saw, they wrote about it, they photographed it. What was at first a necessity for survival has …

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Shoot

Syria. Irak . USA . Afghanistan. Norway. Egypt . The list could go on forever. The world is constantly shaken by conflicts, terrorism, repression, famine. Violence. Because we need to know what’s happening – so we can learn and help – there are those who go. Journalists, photographers, writers. Through reporting and the lens of …

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Inside the city

In Robert Silverberg’s “The World Inside“, a population of 75 billion humans live in gigantic towers occupying ten percent of the planet’s space. In Alex Proyas’ “Dark City“, people are prisoners in an oppressive and closed city where sunlight is nowhere to be seen. In Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, the city has turned into a massive …

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The fab four

Have you ever had one of those late night conversations going on until dawn, talking about everything, elaborating theories? While those are often great moments, they rarely influence Men’s whole conception of the universe. Unless you are Empedocles. Philosopher, doctor, engineer, poet and thaumathurge, Empedocles was a busy man, who one day made the hypothesis …

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On the edge

There is a difference between going through a dangerous situation, and willingly putting ourselves into it. The success of activities such as skydiving or bungee jumping proves that danger attracts (some) people. But it can also serve artistic purposes, among others. Whether it’s for personal, political, or sociological reasons, what’s going through those artist’s minds …

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Happy Accidents

(Image by Chris Piazza) Some of the best discoveries happened by accident. Sometimes it’s penicillin, sometimes it’s champagne, in many cases it’s interesting enough to be valued. “By accident” is probably the way camera tossing came into the world, before being developped as a photography technique. Basically anyone can do camera tossing, as long as …

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You fooled them all

  Thomas Story Kirkbride‘s name is engraved in stone. Litterally. This American physician, known for his influential and controversial work in the domain of psychiatry, has also left his mark in the architectural world, being at the origin of the Kirkbride Plan, a model design leading to the construction of several mental asylums all over …

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