Thursday, September 30, 2010

La Chartreuse, part 1.

This is the story of a famous old abbey, in the north of France, built in the turn of the 11th century,
where monks and priests lived their silent lives separated from each other, in little mansions
built together, and only meeting for the morning, midday, and late night prayer.
The building, in 1908, was transformed into hospital, where mentally ill or handicapped people
have lived their almost entire lives, up until the place was emptied in 1998, leaving behind diffent a century of stories, lives and souls...
Work began a few years ago, to make a renewal, and to transform the buildings into a cultural and touristic complex.
So this is the story of La Chartreuse...

The complex includes a church, various chapels, a library, over 50 houses, a cemetery, and various buildings that served the monks (and later the hospital) for the self-sufficiency (meaning they did everthing themselves, from making furniture, to grinding the wheat for bread, etc...).
Monks had their own little appartments, which meant, they did not get in contact with each other, and didn`t talk. Days and years would go on in silence.
In the central area, there is a long 4 angle corridor, and a central garden, which also includes the cemetery. Monks used to bury the dead into the ground, without coffins, just the body, into the ground.
The whole complex has a very strange feeling to it, very scary, overwhelming, at the same time.
There aren`t many details that tell that it was a hospital for the mentally ill and handicapped for nearly a century. All of these furnitures have been moved out. But some of the old occupants - from some of them grew up, and lived 50 years here, a whole life nearly, come back to visit, and cheer happily,
and tell stories, of how it was to grow up and live their lives in this distant, old abbey.
Some could even live a love life, or be as a couple - a handicapped couple, in the old houses.
Visitors are only allowed in certain parts, while most of the areas cannot be seen by outsiders,
as it is quite dangerous, due to the ongoing reconstruction works.
Over a millenia of history, lives, belief, prayer, and the silence takes you in.

























































































photographs: Ildiko Peter 2010.









Friday, September 17, 2010

Night out in Paris


After the opening at Philippe Chaume`s, finishing there at 21h20, I headed to Le Bal
to meet some Magnum friends, and to see the new and hip exhibition space devoted to
photojournalism in all forms. When then are no free drinks left, we head
to have a kebab (in a Turkish place, and it`s not too god).
Then the night ends in a parisien bar, in the 18th disctrict.
Red and yellow chair, white table, mosaic floor.

...


.... 
then i take the tube home, to arrive at past 1am, and go to sleep
at past 2am... what a filled night.


Exhibition opening: Le Bal



“OUR DREAM IS TO TRANSFORM AN OLD PARISIAN DANCE HALL, JUST MINUTES FROM PLACE DE CLICHY, INTO A VENUE FOR THE DOCUMENTARY IMAGE (PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO AND FILM).
A PLACE TO PRESENT, COMPARE AND EXAMINE THE MANY POSSIBLE WAYS OF ADDRESSING REALITY.
A PLACE TO QUESTION THE ISSUES INVOLVED IN DOCUMENTARY CREATION; ISSUES THAT SPAN AESTHETICS AND POLITICS.
A PLACE TO DEBATE THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH DOCUMENTARY IMAGES ARE PRODUCED, PUBLISHED AND SEEN.
A PLACE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT A “DOCUMENT” REALLY IS:  PART INVESTIGATION, PART EXPERIENCE, PART RECORDING AND PART CREATION.
A PLACE TO EXPLORE NEW VISUAL FORMS THAT CAN CONVEY REALITY IN ALL ITS COMPLEXITY.”

RAYMOND DEPARDON AND DIANE DUFOUR













Paris`s new hip exhibition space just opened last night,
called Le Bal. 



At work

Galerie Philippe Chaume, Paris
Presenting the new series of Luc Dratwa, belgian
photographer: Windows
(made in New York, from the Rockefeller building`s
66th floor).

Last night was the opening night.







Wednesday, September 15, 2010

FOREST




...

seeking calm, rest, peace
in the beautiful and overwhelming nature

...

this is a selection of images of my new work.
taken in: France, Hungary, Germany,
in the past 9 months.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

* mushrooms *



Russula furcata
(dioizu galambgomba)



on an early day in august, at the eastern part of hungary, where my gran lives, i woke up, and went to see Nature. I missed nature so much after spending nearly a year in Paris, the big metropolis, that i could just lie down on the forest floor and stay there not moving for hours, even fall asleep - - - until a bear would come andeat me (there are rarely, or not at all any bears in hungary). i started to photograph the forest also. will show some pictures later. but today: it`s mushies!!
...
as i was walking in the forest, i could see these creatures, all different, all amazing,
colourful, red, green, brown yellow... i started to collect them.
and then i become a mushroom maniac. so i read a book, comparing pictures w the real mushrooms, which are edible, which are not. walking in the forest is already great. and i then i became so addicted,
i went several times back, to different places. we finally did cook and eat some, and also dried some.
i will tell you which ones - but please don`t take this as a reference, but go and see a specialist!
mushrooms are dangerous, some even lethal, so bevare of eating them without knowledge!

so here you go, my lovely mushrooms: (names are in hungarian and latin!)

"Boletus edulis" (or similar type boletus)

(varganya vagy valami mas tinoru-fele)


"Ditocybe gibba" ?
(i`m not certain about this one)


"Russula alutacea" 
(or the non-edible "emetica" type which
causes diarrhea)


some type of "Russula" maybe


?


"Russula delica"
foldtolo gomba 
(edible)


Some type of "Russula" ?
galambgomba - probably edible, as you can see
some animal has already started it ! 
- but it is not always a good clue.


"Russula alutacea" 
(or the non-edible emetica type which
causes diarrhea)


? maybe "Lepiota procera"(edible)
or some type from the "Amanita" family


"Clitocybe tabescens" - 
csupros tuskogomba
edible. maintly the hat, not the trunk bit.
exists in big groups.









this is the lethal "Amanida phalloides". 
it looked so beautiful
that it warned me and did not pick it.






the collection before selection

...

and a second time, 8 weeks later, late in october,
we gathered some different mushrooms
(i`ve added these images to this post)







"Clitocybe tabescens"
edible. maintly the hat, not the trunk bit.
exists in big groups.


?


?  my suggestions:
"Collybia peronata" / or 
"collybia dryophila"
even if edible, not very good,
there has not much value
(according to my mushroom-book)


Ramaria flava or romaria farmosa
(the first is edible, the second is not)


Craterellus cornucopioides
(trombita gomba)
delicious - edible
when dried, can be used as a "spice"
nearly as valuable as truffel,
or use it freshly 
cooked, sauted in butter



probably this is the deadly
"Omphalotus dearius",
very similar to the edible and very good
"Cantharellus cibarius" type


unidentified...




Nature is so beautiful!