Month

June 2015

Parisian Day Off

I’ve been on a bit of a reversed schedule since arriving in Europe two weeks ago. Sleep isn’t the easiest thing to come by when on the tour bus, so I’m allowing my body to relish in it when I can find it. Other parts of me say go-go-go, but I know better these days.

Once I did get my body in motion, I brought myself via foot and cab to the Centre Pompidou. Saw a number of works by a variety of artists: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Rothko, Pollock, Kandinsky. I’m still finding my happy medium of experiencing and documenting visits to art museums. I tried to take a few photos of pieces I enjoyed today, but it didn’t feel right. I’d rather just be in the moment. Taking a photo of the piece is the obvious choice. I need to figure out what the not so obvious angle is.

Never in my life did I think I would have multiple opportunities to explore Paris, so I’m participating as best I know how while I have the physical placement and time.

Per recommendation of a friend, I took a stroll down the Seine and found my way to a taxidermy shop called Deyrolle. I’ve never been to a place like this anywhere. So many creatures from all walks of life in suspended animation. I wonder how many people on a daily basis they get like myself: the gawker, the non-buyer, the spectacle seeking. I highly recommend a visit.

deyrolle-taxidermy-paris-francePS: You aren’t suppose to take photos in the shop. Clearly my intentions were known with a dangling camera from my neck. I really wanted to take a photo of the taxidermy worker smoking out front. I have some lessons to learn in photo etiquette. Hmm, how to not disturb a moment. I don’t think anyone can teach me that. I have to figure it out on my own.

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WordPress: I have no idea what I’m doing

Ah, yes. The haphazard purchase of a WordPress theme. Well intentioned, yet a reminder that good things come to those who measure twice and cut once. Bludgeoning my way forward at the moment. Kind of exciting in a way, because no one is making me do this other than myself.

Fresh Start

Small victories. New host. WordPress installed. Completed BEFORE self-inflicted deadline of Monday, 6/22. Having done this while on tour, I’m quite happy with myself.

Now, to figure out a theme to use. I’m a big fan of clean, minimal set-ups, so something along those lines for certain. It’s going to take me another week to figure out angles, and what exactly I’m trying to accomplish.

At the core, I want to become a better writer and  photographer. The rest will come in time. I feel like I’m at the start of something new for myself.

If’n you happen across this and have any advice on starting a blog, I am happy to listen. A shortened learning curve is forever and always, greatly appreciated.

Empezar!

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