August Break #4

Hello Lovelies,
The August Break 2013

Here is my 4th installment of August Break, a daily photography challenge organized by Susannah Conway. Here are Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. 

Day 22: Midday. 
A bit of journaling before lunch…

Day 23: Sacred
Inside St Peter's Church, Bordeaux.

Day 24: Hear
Most days are silent with a little bit of Ella Fitzgerald thrown in.

Day 25: Sunday morning.
I love going to the farmers' market. I changed my diet and try to eat better.

Day 26: YES
Decided to dive head first into mixed media and to register to this class by Danielle Daniel. I'm too shy to show what I'm doing right now, but one day, I'll dare. I used to draw little girls when I was young. I'd like to try again, but differently.

Day 27: Number
My apartment number. Love this place to pieces.

Day 28: Smell
This is my go-to when I feel low. An absolute delight. 

I'll come back soon for other posts. There are only 3 pictures left and this project will be over. I absolutely loved it. I might try to find another project. We'll see!
A big thank you for comments, they always brighten my day! Don't hesitate to link to your blog, so I can see what you're up to!

Sabrina S.


August Break #3

The August Break 2013

Here is my third installment of August Break, a daily photography challenge organized by Susannah Conway. You can find my first week here and my second week there. Again, I had a lot of fun with these prompts as you can see:

 Day 15: Books
I read so many books for schools, I can't even have them all in my apartment, but these past 2 years, I'm loving reading art books. Not just art theory books, but books to MAKE art. 

 Day 16: Floral #1
I picked up these flowers from the farmers' market the other day. I had never seen anything like that before. I think they're called Celosia.

 Day 16: Floral #2

 Day 17: Touch
Trying to love my body more and practice more self-care (and self-love!).

 Day 18: Looking down
These feet were going to some adventure (AND they can't seem to walk without damaging my cute shoes. Damn!)

 Day 19: White.
My favorite kind of white these days. A blank page. Full of promises.

 Day 20: Taste.
I made some changes in my diet. I try to cook more (here: tomato/mozzarella di buffala/goat cheese cake and zucchini crumble). Yummy!

Day 21: Something old #1.
Inside the Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux.

 Day 21: Something Old #2.
Random staircase inside the Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux.
(too bad there was this cardboard thing at the bottom…)

 Day 21: Something old #3.
Outside the Grand Théâtre. Waiting.

I hope you enjoyed this third installment. There will be 2 more installments to go and this project will be over. I will definitely participate again next year as it is a good incentive to go out and take pictures during the summer.

Sabrina S.


August Break #2


The August Break 2013

Here is my second installment for August Break, a daily photo challenge for the month organized by Susannah Conway. You can find my first week here.

Day 8: Selfie#1
New haircut, new life 

 Day 8: Selfie#2
I had to throw a little smile!

 Day 9: Taste
My Grandpa's red currant is a childhood legend.

 Day 10: Red
There are a few of these delivery things in Bordeaux. So cute!

 Day 11: Play
My 15-min- a day commitment for August: art journaling.
Feels so good to create.

 Day 12: Far away.
Funchal, Island of Madeira, Portugal.
If I could take a plane right now, there's where I would go. Hiking along the coast and taking pictures.

 Day 13: Home.
My art desk. Love it to pieces, however untidy it is. My favorite place to be.

Day 14: Stillness.
There's nothing like taking my journaling out in this park near the lake.

I'll come back with the next installment for August Break next Thursday. I really LOVE this project. 

Sabrina S. 


Jaume Plensa in Bordeaux (part 2 of 2)


Here is the second part of Jaume Plensa's exhibition. 

Marianna & Awilda can be found inside the city hall courtyard. Made out of stainless steel mesh, they invite us to a silent conversation. Transparency reveals the pure beauty of man as much as it may hint to man's inherent fragile mind, dreams, and aspirations:

"Silence is desire, dream, aspiration, something so unknown and inaccessible that we can only imagine it. We talk a lot about silence: a silent house, the calmness and silence of a landscape, the silence of a hospital or a church, the silence of the night. However, the silence of these examples is not real. Our silence is a whisper?
Whispers like bridges between the sound and the silence between what we know and what we want.
As soon as everything is calm and silent, when we believe that we have reached the silence, we discover something which interrupts, something as close and familiar as our own body. Our noisy body.
For William Blake, "One thought fills immensity." Maybe a thought is only another whisper of our body, and our body is another whisper of life.
I invite you to listen to these whispers.
I invite you to imagine what silence is."
Jaume Plensa (Pistoia, 1997)

House of Knowledge is to be found at the Place de la Bourse, one of the most impressive architectural hotspots in Bordeaux. Here, the sculpture is huge, open, people are invited inside, can sit and appreciate the void it offers for contemplation.  Letters are welded together to form this faceless shape which looks out in the direction of the new bridge, the Chaban-Delmas Bridge that was inaugurated a few months ago, as a way to contemplate the expansion of the city.

"All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire
But my heart is exclusively my own."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

With Silent Music II (Place St Pierre), we see a figure in a foetal position composed of notes. Music is a universal language, transcending the limits of languages and cultures, a bridge between peoples.

To finish, Ainsa II is to be found Place de la Comédie and shows a male figure in a meditative pose with symbols composing his shape. Again, we see Plensa's preoccupation with the question of language, but this time, with letters reduced to mere symbols, shapes that can be arranged at a different level than the usual order of language. Again, we transcend the limits of national language to reach a higher, universal plane.

By now, you probably have a hunch that all of these art installations are in direct contact and dialogue with the city and its inhabitants, one of the trademarks of Jaume Plensa. 

I hope you have enjoyed this exhibition. Thank you so much, Jaume Plensa. Your art has struck a chord in many people here.

Sabrina S.


Jaume Plensa in Bordeaux (part 1 of 2)

Hi everyone,

As I told you earlier this week, I had a special post to write: it is about a fantastic art exhibition that we have the honor to host in Bordeaux this summer (from June 27 to Oct. 6, 2013): Jaume Plensa, the Catalan artist, whom you may know as the artist behind the Crown Fountain in the Millenium Park in Chicago (among many other famous art installations around the world), is doing us the honor of exhibiting 11 works of art throughout the city. I was only able to photograph 10 of them and will present you 5 of these today and the other 5, in a few days. Going out and taking pictures being part of my self-care plan for August, this was the perfect occasion.

Jaume Plensa chose key sites around the city to install his art. We'll start with The Poets on the right river bank:

"The poet is not allowed to sleep… He must be awake in the long night of his people, keeping watch over his people," Vincent Andrés Estellés. 

Body Soul is hiding his ears, Country his eyes, and Water Fire, his mouth. They each "turn off" one of their senses to better turn inward. They are placed on pillars and are overlooking our river, the Garonne, and facing the left bank of the city (one of the hotspots of Bordeaux). They are in a meditative pose (a recurrent theme in Plensa's work) and are silent witnesses to the city. They supposed to be lit at night, but I haven't had the honor of seeing that (yet). 

Next, we'll move on to The Heart of Trees which is installed in the Jardin Public and which shows several male figures sitting on a mound of earth with a tree wrapped around their feet and arms:

The names of famous artists are tattooed on them thus creating a complete circle between nature, mankind, and beyond, creation-wise.  

Self-Portrait (Place Camille Jullian) goes deeper in this question of language and man with this installation:

Here, we have a sphere of symbols, signs in which the artist is sitting in a meditative pose. The artist is thus depicted as being at the center of a linguistic bubble that envelopes him:

"To recognise that the soul of man is unknowable, is the ultimate achievement of wisdom. The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun on the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?" Oscar Wilde.

In another genre and material, we have Sanna (next to the Grand Théâtre):

It is one of the 2 female figures presented in Bordeaux. The other one is Paula (Place Pey Berland):

They can be appreciated from different angles and what is striking at first is their calm, meditative state. What is there to hear in this silence? The traits have been softened to only keep what is essential to the eye of the artist (and maybe to us): beauty and being, whatever your age and color.

I'll show you the other 5 installations that I could photograph. I hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as I did. This is truly the best art event that Bordeaux organized in a while. I highly appreciated its accessibility and its meditative/reflexive dimension.

Sabrina S.


August Break #1

The August Break 2013

I'm participating in Susannah Conway's August Break as it is part of my self-care plan this month. I take my camera out and have fun.
Here is the first week:
Day 1: Breakfast
Could I have possibly taken a lamest shot than that? Nope… Starting is always intimidating, so I just do it as fast as I can. You can definitely tell!

Beads for Day 2: Circles

 Day 3: Yellow
The other part of the self-care plan is to buy flowers regularly.

 Day 4: Love
My Godson, so pretty. He talks now! 

 Day 5: Close-Up
I had already shared it in my last post. The post will be up this weekend. Can't wait. So thought-provoking (the art I'll talk about, not my post!)
Day 6: Diagonals 1
Bordeaux's Grand Theatre looking up

 Day 6: Diagonals 2
Bordeaux's water mirror

Day 7: Skyline

So far, I love this project. Usually, I'm not good with daily things, but so far, so good! I'll be posting my pictures every week in one post, and you can follow me on Instagram.
What are YOU doing this summer for yourself?

Sabrina S.