Right to Rights

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Parieday1-12I arrived too early. I took the metro to the ‘Arc de Triomphe’ then crossed the River Siene in the pre-dawn. I bought the most expensive expresso in Europe from a filthy little cafe I couldn’t find again if I wanted to. I waited for the sun to come up so I could catch a glimpse of that famous skyline as the sun broke the horizon.

I smoked three Lucky Strikes and ordered another coffee. I was so sick of night busses I was beginning to get sick myself. A familiar silhouette gradually appeared in the distance. It wasn’t a glorious sight to behold, the Eiffel Tower. Not on this day. An understated spike sticking out of the ground on a drizzly overcast winter day.

It was exciting to be in Paris.

 

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Bottle Collection

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Who is the entity that knocks up timber structures all over Europe? The ones with the plain pine and fluorescent orange pieces. Who is it? I’ve seen their stuff lurking in Florence, Dresden and Nice.

There is a massive dig-site in the middle of Dresden. There is a pretty neat skate perk near that. Near that there was a photography exhibit showcasing post modern avant-garde fancy pants photography that you would be forgiven for overlooking entirely if it weren’t hanging on the walls of a massive gallery.  I read the plaques next to these works, purse my lips and concentrate on what I just tread as I try to interpret the artists method of using manipulated development techniques to create an abstraction of symmetry in the architecture of abandoned warehouses as a means of making a statement about mans views on beauty.

One man followed a carnival around rural Europe. taking photos of the fairgrounds the day after the circus had left town. There were over 40 shots in that collection.

 

I’m going to spam a few posts now because I’m two months past being out of Europe and being back in Australia. Its time to get current again.