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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Once Upon a Time, Pixels
May 30, 2013
Roaming around Constantia and the Cape Peninsula, we are stocking up on beautiful food, delicious scenery and moody, rather wet weather. We've randomly gone mushrooming in the Tokai Forest and seen a pod of maybe a hundred dolphins off Simon's Town. Pictures to come. We ate the best polenta on earth at Kalk Bay's Olympia Cafe. We had family martinis at The Cellars in Constantia where I opted for my ritual ostrich dish. The chameleons are paid regular visits and owls have b...
For a Few Pixels More
I started writing this on Thursday night over the Gulf of Guinea in the Southern Atlantic, just below the Bulge of Africa, and have now adjusted all verbs to the past tense. The South African Airways A340-600 was flying on a south-easterly course off the coast of Angola. Our cruising altitude was a notch above 39,000 feet, our airspeed a little below that of sound, we had traveled almost 10,000 km and 1,100 km remained.  We were rushing through the night and stealing time as...
A Fistful of Pixels
May 16, 2013
Well, since I finished my last post on these very words, I could not resist the title above - and it has actually inspired a series. For now, seemingly random images, anarchic pixels. I recently spent some time in the Flatiron district after work, going to a happy hour-slash-billiard, of which I might or might not post shots later, as some of the players were quite focused and made for great models. I walked around the neighborhood before and after the event, catching...
A Doctor Called Avalanche
May 13, 2013
I like telling stories. Fiction is always fun, but I seem to tell best what I have seen with my own eyes. Stories then become autobiographical to some degree, and as always when using the word "I", arises the fear I might sound like someone trying to tell others about a dream they had: nobody really listens and heads just nod, unless the dream happens to be particularly gruesome or completely nuts... Le grand Pagnol once said he found it easer to write a book than to write...
Surprise in the Bronx
May 10, 2013
While Marie has been involved with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, first volunteering and most recently teaching foraging classes, she had never yet visited the New York Botanical Garden. And as for me, I can barely spell the word garden. So a few weekends ago, feeling adventurous and wondering how it was possible for us to have been in New York so long and not visited it, we ventured to the NYBG. The Harlem River, separating the Manhattan Island from the Bronx on the mai...
The Promise of Many Miles and Much Dust
Once again, with the help of many, we will soon hit the road and eat some dust. A 5,000 kilometer round-trip at the wheel of the good old Toyota Landcruiser V8 Turbo Diesel will take us from Cape Town to the Kruger National Park, and back. The Kruger is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park which straddles the northeastern border of South Africa into Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The Kruger itself covers 19,633 square kilometers (7,580 sq mi). Its subtrop...
Monochrome Games
April 28, 2013
Having fun these days with black & white, long exposures and everything in between. The bottom shot is a 5:30 minute long exposure. Notice how the pilings' shadows appear beautifully drawn once the motion of water has been neutralized. Midtown and George Washington Bridge seen from New Jersey's Palissades Lower Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park...
Two Bridges, a Run - Part 2
April 23, 2013
[This is part 2 of 2] I'm now entering Battery Park and go past the World Financial Center, along North Cove Marina. Runners had been casually showing up around me since Brooklyn, now they congregate; I have merged into a high traffic, trendy lane and late afternoon on a beautiful weekend is exercise rush hour. The sun is shining low on the Hudson River, a warm afternoon glow that is pleasing and welcomed as I am finally wearing shorts after a long winter. The Statue of s...
Two Bridges, A Run - Part 1
April 20, 2013
Having been spoiled by gems such as Vancouver's Seawall,  I tend to complain and moan about my New York runs. Nothing fresh, nothing green, nothing clean. In addition to normal chimeras and recent lower leg issues, my routine deals with thick crowds, high noise, abusive smells and clueless drivers. So once in a while, in order to break such routine and infuse the workout with something new, I bring a camera along and force myself to look at the city I am crossing with unk...
A Push to the Catskills
April 16, 2013
In 2009, at the apogee of fall colors, Marie and I decided to take her visiting mother to the Catskills. Granted, Maureen comes from one of the most stunning places on earth - and I've seen my share - but even in Cape Town, one cannot find or imagine the explosion of yellows and reds that daubs landscapes with tones of seasonal impressionism throughout the North American Northeast in fall. Waterfall along Peekamoose Road We had stayed up there a few days and on one of o...
Kaleidoscopic City
April 2, 2013
Following subdued black and white (re)views of the Big Apple a few days ago, here are fragments of the same surreality, polychromatic this time, clichés impacted into one another by hues of modern design and the very sour stigma of time. This is 2013 and the eyes of anybody looking towards Lower Manhattan from the four cardinal points of nearby shores collide or flirt - it's open to interpretation - with the now supreme silhouette of a tall phoenix.  Born from its ow...