Saturday, September 8, 2007

space invaders

this afternoon I 'discovered' tonya's blog which I immediately added to my blogroll as a site for frequent nibbling! jeez - a quilter living in paris with four beautiful cats - her quilts are pure whimsy and joy and her writing and dispatches about life in paris - okay I admit it, I'm a little green around the edges! her post today featured a cute little alien for a 'work in progress' - he reminded me of another little alien that I encountered while wandering about paris during my last visit.

here I go again with another one thing leads to another post (but then again, most of my posts are like this - and I had such a serious idea rattling about in my head earlier!). tonya's post reminded me of the pictures I took in paris of my little street alien. I knew I had a picture of him/her as my alien just happened to be on the corner of a paris street that I was on a mission to find*. when I mentioned the alien to my sister she remarked that she noticed many of these guys when she was walking around paris. in retrospect I do remember noticing a few more of these little guys hanging around, although I don't know if in the 800 or so pictures I have from my last trip to paris if there's another alien lurking in 'the collection.' there is a wonderful article about the artist who has been invading cities since his first alien landed on a paris street in 1996. the artist also has a website where one can see pictures of some of the aliens inhabiting cities all over the world, play a 'reality game,' and basically waste a whole lot of time exploring. jeez, I wonder if anyone would be willing to underwrite my expenses to trot about our little global village and capture these invaders (with my camera of course!)

*the backstory to my mission - one of my buds, mj, lived in paris many years ago. recently my sister lived in paris; I had the good fortune to visit her three times during the three years she lived there. prior to each trip, I asked mj if she would like me to bring anything from paris. in addition to asking for a handsome, literate, and intelligent french man, she would ask if I would take a particular photograph for her. this trip she asked if I would take a picture of quai de montebello for her as this was a street she lived on and she had many fond memories of the time she lived there. my missions for mj have always been a pleasure. I never did find un bel homme but I always got some good pictures. here's an image from an earlier 'mission' when mj asked if I could take a picture of shakespeare and company - an english language bookstore where mj (who incidentally is a wonderful poet along with being a beautiful and delightful friend) once gave a reading.

pictures: paris march 2007

9 comments:

Polly Jean said...

and a parisian visitor, perhaps?

kimy said...

peut-ĂȘtre! I am looking forward to a some photo-taking excursions w/ julien (and picking up some camera tips and techniques - I am such a luddite!)of course there is the excitement of showing off 'our fair city' and having an out of town visitor as an excuse for whatever!

quel dommage that you aren't visiting at the same time. it was fantastic to have met you on monday am so happy you made it to our peace show! I'm so pleased you were the first 'friend I've never met' that I met - you and julien may have been the first cyberbuds I befriended (virtually befriended?)

I love synchronicity or would that be serendipity?

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

thanks for the lovely words. gorgeous pic of the kitty at the bookstore. I haven't seen any of the space invaders, but now I'll know what they are if I come across any.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Wow, I loved the story about the aliens - followed the links - what an amazing concept. As the writer of the article said, subtly subversive but yet so well done that no one removes the mosaics and Space Invader continues to undermine bureaucracy.

Thanks for a great post, Kimy!

L.M.Noonan said...

Fabulous post Kimy- I was briefly transported.

lettuce said...

great post kimy - these are the kinds of links and mind-wanderings i like, plus lovely photos.

i've shot a couple of aliens in london too.

can i join you on your global alien-search please please?

jude said...

great link, great pic and as usual a great read. l love tonya's blog too as you know......

Dumdad said...

Great pix. I haven't been to the Shakespeare and Co shop for ages.

kimy said...

tonya - you are most deservedly welcome - lovely site, lovely cats & lovely quilts!

av - my motto (adopted from a popular bumper sticker) has long been subvert the dominant paradigm! I'd love to meet SI one day - wonder if I can convince him to invade cleveland!

lmn - wonderful...being transported is what it's all about! beam me up scotty!

lettie - yes, yes, yes....let's go I'm always more than interested in a wander & I can't imagine more fun than a photo safari with a companion like you! but the rub is, can we find a funder????

thanks jude and dd....when I went by s&c last time, no sign of le chat qui lit....