As I entered into May, I moved onto my next destination - Paris, France. It is a city I love for all it's literary history; especially because my favorite Peruvian writer, Cesar Vallejo, is buried there. Thankfully, I have a friends out there who were willing to let me crash in their living space. They were both dance students living next to Montmartre Cemetery, which was pretty amazing in itself. This trip was a source for me to practice documentary style filmmaking, and to visit some museums and get inspired by the art for the house. The video was a fun small project, which I am still working on. It is now a gift to be given to the dancers, for their graciousness during my stay.
I was really touched by their openness and willingness to share their already creative living space. I was also inspired by their daily routines. Work, school, late night cooking and chats with family and friends, and the endless flights of stairs to their apartment were all rituals taken to complete a full cycle of the day. Their schedules shifted from chores to fun, and they balanced their lives with a lot of laughter.
This trip made me value the creative use of space, the use of colors and combinations of different styles shown by both Robyn and Kewe's different backgrounds. This trip also made me reflect upon my relationship Movement, and how changing a chair from one part of the room to another part of the room, for example - changed the FEEL of the SPACE. Below are some stills from the video I was able to capture of two dancers in their Paris studio apartment. I am eternally grateful to them for letting me be part of a very small part of their journey abroad.
Along with the idea of Movement, I took away the idea of RELATIONSHIPS in this trip too. The relationship of Kewe and Robyn living together. And how the relationship grew from micro to macro as you stepped out into the streets. Hues of warm and cool colors mixing together to reflect the romantic relationship you feel when walking through Paris. It's inevitable; hot and cold things will happen. You either fall in love with the architecture, the food, or you feel coldness towards them. It's a hard city to understand sometimes. It took me two trips to appreciate it.
Below, see some of my lonely walks through the town: museums visits, the streets, La Seine, the flea markets and at the Krump Battle! I had a blast being surrounded by wonderful generous women, Paris, and of course - DANCE! I also got to see my beautiful friend Camila, who is also a dancer. I hang out with a lot of dancers :).
Thanks for the lemon water tip Robyn! I have a lemon tree at home, and it's now part of my morning routine. You and Kewe are incredibly inspiring.
Quick insert on our living situation. Amos and I are slowly moving into this house and it's starting to feel like a home. In each room, we've started to make small spaces that are personal and ours, though no major decorative things have happened yet because construction is upon us.
However, the place is starting to feel cozy. Since it's a billion degrees out in Los Angeles, we've taken upon ourselves to take afternoon strolls to just get out of the non-airconditioned abode. Today we stumbled upon a shelter and a pet store. Someday I'll be responsible enough to own a pet again, but I move around a lot with travel/work. Maybe the house will change the necessity for a lot of moving about. Amos was humoring me as we admired the little creatures. There was one beagle in particular who wouldn't keep his eyes off Amos.
If we ever decide on a pet, it would be because we have thought about it a long time. We would want to: give it a home, dedicate time for training, walking, feeding, and (of course) spoiling. If ever a little creature enters our world (far far into the future) it would be because we are feeling more stable. First we want to make the house pet friendly. Alas, construction is dangerous. Still, isn't this pup precious?