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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Welcome to the Rock
This is a re-post of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a two-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, sit by roughly 19º latitude north and 80º longitude west in the Caribbean Sea, tucked below the...
Those Were the Days...
This is a re-post of a series of stories the first of which was written in 2008. I have revised it and completed it and added some pictures. It will now be part of the new "Little Cayman Chronicles". This will be a nostalgic series. The photos are very old, most taken with a two-megapixel point-and-shoot. Sigh. The name was Banana Wind. I think the year was 2002. She was a thirty-five-foot dive boat custom-designed by a guy named Glenn Young in Mississippi...
Inbound Flower
July 26, 2014
Through highs and lows, heat, wind and shaky watering, the terrace is growing lusher by the minute. A couple of days from now, Marie will be flying home from Cape Town, leaving much peace and beauty astern, tearing apart a heart or two as she cuts hers in half to seek mine. There isn't much in Harlem to lure one back in, but the terrace and a black cat will team up with me in a bond of sheer need, welcoming our love home, begging for food and drink and presence in bo...
South African Flashes
July 19, 2014
With Marie spending some well deserved time down in Cape Town's peculiar winter, I am once again faced with a now familiar divergence of time and space. The short stories she tells me, the photos she posts, it all feels so vivid I could almost touch it. And yet the smells, the tastes and the scenes are so distant, splashed across an ocean, both tropics and the equator, six hours and two seasons apart, in a world so inherently different it could be a parallel universe, tha...
Monochrome Beauty
July 13, 2014
I will soon return to color but flowers have so much more than tones going for them; shapes, shades, textures - at times desaturation helps me find the essential, momentarily invisible to the Canon but never to the heart, Saint-Exupéry dixit... Paper thin The rain has stopped Supernova ...
Missing the Skies
July 11, 2014
It is no secret that the sky is where I long to be, airborne, aloft, high. But this is not another rant about how much I miss flying. It is much more simple, yet infinitely deeper. After living in Harlem for almost a year, I've realized how lucky I had been for the previous 20 or 30 years of my life to have had uninterrupted, continuous visual access to a wide open sky. I had never until now taken the time to ponder the visceral need to look up and around, assessing weathe...
A Terrace in Harlem
July 8, 2014
While Marie is adrift through the antipodes, weathering a stiff Cape Town winter with sweaters and the glow of twin fireplaces, I have inherited the care of our Harlem terrace and been granted the rank of Master Waterhose Handler. I take my new responsibilities very seriously. True, it's a bit like making Gilligan the captain. I don't have the shoulders. When it comes to gardening, no shark here, I'm the minnow. It goes all the way back to Antibes, France, circa 1974. M...
New York Abstract Fever
July 6, 2014
I was going to go from here to there and I was going do this or that. And then something happened and these came out. That's when I realized my lack of flexibility was just stiffness. So I stretched my canvas and mirrored the visions. Yup, I'll do better next time. No, this post is written in English. If it doesn't seem to mean anything, it's because the weekend didn't either. I'll post flowers next, harmony soon to be restored. Twins in Blue ...
Conflict on the Highline
Its construction having begun in 2006, the Highline is a city park built above street level on a re-purposed aerial train track. The idea came from a similar park in Paris which I have never seen. The use of otherwise abandoned and derelict space is brilliant and a beautiful greenway was created for all to enjoy without claiming an inch of extra city footprint. The skyborn garden is over a mile long and, now in early summer, lush and colorful. Construction will have taken ...
Gantry Plaza State Park 360 Panorama - Four Years Later
June 29, 2014
// Following the stills I posted last week of Queen's Gantry Plaza State Park, here is a full spherical panorama of the very northern end of the park. The old gantries of which I had shot panoramas four years ago are hidden behind the trees to the south. The sun unfortunately disappeared while I was shooting the 80 images required for this panoramic scene, so it is a bit grey. As always, click on the full screen icon at the top right of the pano, and then zoom in and out...
Old Steel, New Looks
June 25, 2014
This a simple photo post, the images shot on a recent short trip to Queens via the East River Ferry. I was testing various techniques, among which long exposures and a new kind of HDR-like blending called "fusion", promising but definitely not satisfactory yet. I also attempted a full 360 panorama using fusion, but I have not dealt with its 80 files, each 20 megapixel large and needing to be blended, processed and stitched... So without a story, I hope you enjoy these rath...