My Inspiration for November 2020

30 Nov

This has been such a wonderful November in terms of inspiration! I’ve been obsessed with Brigitte Bardot and reading Simone de Beauvoir’s essay “Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome” (1959) really fueled this obsession and so did the film La Verité (1960) with the handsome Sami Frey. I enjoyed listening to Francoise Hardy and gazing at beautiful cityscapes of Camille Pissarro with tiny figures of strollers and carriages, Bonnard’s paintings of buildings on the other side of the street, Preciosionist paintings by Charles Demuth and Charles Sheeler, then my imagination took me on a little revival of my love for the Manic Street Preachers and especially their song “Little Baby Nothing” which was, coincidentally, released on 16th November 1992.

Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience.

(Viktor Frankl)

“It was November – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.”

(L.M.Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

Photo by Paul Schmidt, found here.

Bruges, picture found here.

Picture found here.

Picture found here.

Collage found here.

Nicky Wire and Richey Edwards by Mitch Ikeda

Foggy evening at Lichtenstein Castle, Germany

Photo found here.

“assassinated beauty” ~ kevin cummins, pg.182. Found here.

film Jeune et Jolie (2013)

Pic found here.

2 Responses to “My Inspiration for November 2020”

  1. smilla72 5th Dec 2020 at 12:28 pm #

    Thanks for these ravishing pictures! I love them all. Referring to Simone de Beauvoir you raise the question about why so many men are physically or/and romantically attracted by much younger women. I read an article about this topic in an old « Marie-Claire » issue. It mentioned a book published by 74 year old writer Roland Jaccard and Marie Céhère, his fiancée and 50 years younger than him. The book is about their deep mutual love and describes how it was born out of many nocturnal reciprocal Facebook posts. I read about that book on Internet. Quote (I translate): «We are always urged to believe that everybody is desirable but this does not prevent young ladies from remaining the archetypal expression of beauty and the most idealized women. And they should use and even abuse this gift (or asset). It would be stupid to ignore this scientific fact and the young ladies should make the most out of it. » Personally I would add that unfortunately so many men don’t know their own boundaries and cross the line between idealizing youthfulness and pedophilia. And there are plenty of modern artists and photographers who crossed that line.

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    • Byron's Muse 6th Dec 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      I am glad you enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for sharing that quote from the magazine, it is most fascinating to look at youth as a gift or an asset but it is true, whether people like to admit it or not.


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