♫ Anneke van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh – Teardrop ♫
In the beginning of 2008 two of my favorite musicians got together for a very special performance. One year later, Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Agua de Annique) and Danny Cavanagh (Anathema), got back on stage together for 2 other amazing gigs. Each of them played their own set list and at the end they performed together. I was there, both years, photographing and enjoying the music.
The day I arrived for my vacation in Rio, I received an unexpected e-mail. The mail was from Anneke telling me about the release of the album recorded live and that she would like to use my pictures. I was extremely happy; my first published photos would be for a CD of two artists I admire.
Well, various e-mails were written and a long time has passed but, yesterday, finally, I received my copy of In Parallel. From the six photos published, five are mine. The artwork turned out really nice and elegant.
And here you can have a better look at the photos I took.
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. “
In the 11 consecutive years I lived in Brazil, I always dreamed of coming back to Amsterdam. Now I’m here for 4 years and I’m always nostalgic about Brazil and keep thinking about all the good things. Both times I went back to Brazil, I returned thinking Amsterdam is awesome. But soon after, reality kicks in and the nostalgia begins all over again. Why can’t I be happy in the place I am? Human beings are so complicated (or maybe it’s just me). So, I made a little list os some of the things I love about Amsterdam. Thinking positive! 😉
– hundreds of concerts every year.
– many art exhibitions, for all tastes.
– everything is close by, you can cycle everywhere.
– and if lazyness kicks in, public transport is great, efficient and safe.
– if you don’t speak Dutchs it won’t be a problem, everyone speaks English. Even the baker.
– a billion bars and cafes, almost all cornes have one.
Eu estou tão feliz que eu vou no show dela. Eu já conhecia algumas músicas mas nunca tinha realmente prestado atenção. Agora, estou completamente viciada e fico escutando isso dia e noite. E pra minha felicidade, vai ter show dia 30 e eu já estou com os ingressos comprados.
Scully: Mulder, it’s such a gorgeous day outside. Have you ever entertained the idea of trying to find life on this planet? Mulder: I’ve seen the life on this planet Scully, and that is exactly why I am looking elsewhere.
I’ve always liked the work of american photographer Annie Leibovitz. When I was 16 my mom gave me a book with all the covers of Rolling Stone magazine. Most of them where done by Annie. Recently I watched a documentaty about her life: Annie Leibovitz: Live Throught a Lens. A very interesting documentary for anyone interested in photography. Unfortunately the movie, directed by her sister Barbara Leibovitz, is very short.
This famous picture of John & Yoko was taken by Annie 5 hours prior to Lennon’s assassination.
After working as Rolling Stone’s official photographer for many years, Annie left her job and went on working for a variety of magazines. She became famous for her celebrity portrayal and, especially, for her Vanity Fair covers which unite several actors. On Vanity Fair’s site you can check out a special of the covers she shot with several actors and actresses, like the picture below.
♫ Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton – Doctor Blind ♫
Anyone who knows me a little bit knows how much I adore Kate Winslet. I haven’t seen the movies yet but I’m sure she deserved those awards. Kate received a Best Actress Golden Globe for Revolutionary Road and one for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Reader.
There are only a few brazilian musicians that I actually like. Zeca Baleiro, Marisa Monte & Adriana Calcanhoto are on my list. estão nessa minha lista. But I’ve been a bit nostalgic so I decided to look things up on YouTube and ended up on memory lane. I went all the way back to 1996. when I used to go to the old concert hall Metropolitan in Rio very often. In that year I saw Paralamas do Sucesso, Skank, Cássia Eller, Raimundos, O Rappa… I remembered how I used to think Raimundos was very “heavy”. I looked up their video Puteiro em João Pessoa and had a blast (the song title translated to Whorehouse in João Pessoa). In 1997 in moved to João Pessoa and years later I saw Cabruêra perfome live in Roda Viva, the famous whorehouse in João Pessoa. In my trip down memory lane I realized how good brazilian video clips were. I don’t know if they still are, but compared to european and american clips, the brazilian ones were very creative.
John Williams Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shallot is my all time favorite painting. When I went to London the last time, I simply had to go to Tate Britain so I could see the painting. I just stood there, staring at it for more than 15 minutes. It’s beautiful, enigmatic, melancholic… just how I like it. I like al of Waterhouse’s work, but this ones, if by far, my favorite.
The other day I was on my way home, sitting in the tram, and I overheard a conversation between a father and his son. The boy could not have been older than 8 years old. They just came out of a morning performance of an opera by Verdi. The boy was fascinated but he didn’t completely understand all that he had seen on stage.
The opera happened to be Othello, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy.The boy kept asking what exactly had happened between Othello, Desdemona, Iago, Cassio and Emilia. The more the father tried to explain, the mothe confused the boy became. It wasn’t the plot that left the boy consufed but the actions of human beigns, and why they acted this way.How can you explain to a child all the wickedness and manipulations human beigns are able to commit? It would be easy to tell him that the opera was just ficction but soon this boy will grow up and come across some of these human traits. Hopefully not in shakespearian proportions…
What always drew me to Shakespeare’s work is that his tragedies are human, driven by feelings. There is no will of a god at play. His fate is not a divine fate, but very earthly and human.