A Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

The Sex Lives of Cannibals
February 17, 2005
I was recently reading a book when suddenly, hidden in the middle of a chapter, I recognized... Myself. This would be me, I realized, if I remained in Kiribati any longer, a dissolute man untethered from his own land, a foreigner who has adapted to the queer realities of island life, but a foreigner always, disconnected from the world beyond the reef, and possibly from his own mind. That's a quote from "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" by J. Marteen Troost, an excellent story ab...
Farewell to the Rock - Part 1
It looks as if the prison gates will open up for me at the end of March or the beginning of April. I have done my time, and so the time has come to move on once more, aiming for mountains and a change of scenery... I long for fresh high altitude air, for the sound of cowbells, for a smoking cup of coffee on a chilly morning. I miss looking up to find my horizon instead of aiming low. I can't wait to be driving (with both my feet!) along a sinuous narrow road. I deeply, alm...
Wind of change
February 11, 2005
I've felt it before. It comes out of nowhere and wants to take you back there. At times it makes you sweat, but then it chills you to the bones. No way to sail along with it for it is unpredictable and gusty. But it carries many new scents and the perfume of unknown lands fills the air, speaking of faraway places and undiscovered treasures. It makes your feet itch and your eyes sweep the horizon. It's then a matter of timing, I guess. The one gust will come that has the...
The darkest hour
February 8, 2005
It comes just before dawn, so long after the light once disappeared it seems as if darkness will never end. The air is cold and brisk and hard. My eyes are unseeing and I walk like a blind man, arms extended, probing the night. Tiny obstacles make me stumble and often manage to throw me to the ground. I fumble and hesitate. Sleep is elusive and agitated. Dreams get populated with monsters and my heart weakens. Where do I seek the light? What if sunrise never came? ...
New Header for February
February 3, 2005
1:00 am. I've just put the final temporary touch to the new site header. It's still being adjusted here and there but I'm rather pleased with the way it looks so far. The logo will eventually be changed into its final form. The guestbook is also wearing its new skin, check it out!...
Le roi est mort, vive le roi!
January 31, 2005
)arrow It took me 10 years! 520 weeks to finally snap out of a glazed stupor that had me convinced Internet Explorer was the ne plus ultra of browsers. Micro$oft does such a great job at controlling the market that they had me controlled too. But no longer.I am now happily - and safely - and freely - surfing at the wheel of my freshly updated Firefox 1.0. The new Mozilla little browser, I mean brother, has managed to conquer my trust in just a few days. Granted, I'd had it ...
A view into the thoughts of a machine
January 30, 2005
For chess enthusiasts, here's a totally cool link. I'll let the authors describe it: Thinking Machine 4 explores the invisible, elusive nature of thought. Play chess against a transparent intelligence, its evolving thought process visible on the board before you. The artwork is an artificial intelligence program, ready to play chess with the viewer. If the viewer confronts the program, the computer's thought process is sketched on screen as it plays. A map is created from...
Photo morphing
January 29, 2005
Earlier thoughts of mercury generated this new little toy: I've created a slideshow with the best images throughout the site, in a morphing sequence. No new content, it's basically an experimental tool I might eventually incorporate into each gallery. The whole thing is based on TwinHelix's Photo Morpher script. I also use their great menu script. Awesome stuff. 02-12-08 Update: that page is no longer available (due to site redesign.)...
Slow start to a slow day
January 29, 2005
)arrow Up at dawn this morning, with a serious hang over and an even more serious mug of coffee, I set out to clean up the mess I left behind me yesterday. I had forgotten Banana Wind at the dock, ran the scooter out of gas half way down the airfield and faxed a set of key boat dimensions to have a canopy built with a very important measurement missing.Now it's all taken care of. Sort of. The coffee still tastes like liquid mercury. )huh )oquote A quien madruga, Dios le ayu...
When the paintbrush is digital...
January 28, 2005
2009 Update: I'm afraid the digital arts gallery has been removed since posting this. It just didn't belong on the web site. They are hybrids. Born from a combination of photography and digital painting, the newcomers of the Digital Art section keep defying my attempts at categorization. I guess that's why I called it that way. I've selected a few photographs that don't appear in the photo galleries and subjected them to a highly sophisticated process called "super - re -...
Quintessential French Expressions Translated
January 26, 2005
Here is the result of a wine induced slight delirium attack, months ago ; I was dreaming of visiting my dear France soon, and ended up trying to summarize the essence of “la langue de Molière”. The following are my own updated translations – and explanations – of a few typical expressions… La France est le nombril de l’univers. France is the center (“belly button”) of our universe. (I know, it’s obvious to you, but you’d be shocked if I told you how...