A Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Bronx, Debunked
May 12, 2014
Still a good hour north of us despite our Harlem incursion, Pelham Bay has also become a little more accessible. Surrounded by highways and Bronx suburbs, the park features a lot of tidal shoreline and some tick-prone thick woods. On our last visit, an encounter with a couple of deer confirmed the tick theory, but it was very early spring and we escaped unharmed. It was nice to see them within the city limits. Long Island Sound A group of weekenders was having a...
Running Up That (Bull) Hill
May 7, 2014
It was early spring, and spring was late. We had set out in search of interesting plants in a place I had visited last year and posted about here and there. Hudson River The Hudson Highlands State Park is a mere hour north of Harlem by train, the station being a couple of blocks from home. There are - albeit very few - advantages to living here. It was obvious the minute we arrived and began our walk through the very small town of Cold Spring towards the trails t...
Going once, going twice...
May 4, 2014
Truth be told, there was only so much I could tweak while the old dark look remained active, so I have now pulled the curtain up on the new white skin. Much remains to be adjusted, but in an almost agile development style - even though I am a one-man team, I will release frequent updates and fine-tune it all as I go. I promise. The three components of my phenomenal online presence (this blog Coriolistic Anachronisms, Vincent Mounier Photography and the Print Shop) ha...
A Light Skin for Spring
April 30, 2014
Like Gandalf long before it, Coriolistic Anachronisms is currently shedding its dark cloak and will soon emerge purified and dressed in white. I have always preferred a dark theme for photography which it seems to highlight well. However this blog is at least half text and typography is easier to fine-tune on light backgrounds than on dark ones. Since the main VMP site and the new print shop have now adopted the white look, this will make for a more unified experien...
Manhattan's Left Side
April 25, 2014
Egyptians were well known for their profile art. They seemed to only be able to draw faces from a sideways perspective. We have found kings, gods, cats and everything in between, but only ever in their right or left incarnation. Never two eyes at a time, no complete smiles, nor a full display of anger. Centuries passed, civilizations rose and fell, but the face of Egyptians deities remained one-sided. Sailing up the East River on a ferry recently after leaving behind a ...
Happy Days!
April 15, 2014
Update: Bruce passed away seven months after I wrote this. RIP Chef Robertson. Scarborough is a tiny outpost on the Atlantic Coast, beyond Misty Cliffs, south of Cape Town. A three-way stop sign, a few houses, a long deserted beech and plush fynbos on the hills above; one normally doesn't come to Scarborough. This is just a pretty drive-through hiccup on the way from Kommetjie to Simon's Town, or maybe even Cape Point. But it is home to chef Bruce Robertson, a...
The Print Shop is Live!
April 8, 2014
I have announced it multiple times, retracted it because of technical issues, have kept talking about it... Well all things come in due time. The shop is now live! A carefully curated collection of photographs from Vincent Mounier Photography galleries as well as from this very blog are now available for purchase as mounted fine arts prints. When an image in the VMP galleries is available as a print, there will be below the photo a link to the relevant print section,...
Glimpses of a South African Winter
April 4, 2014
It was the chilly month of June, or wintertime in the southern hemisphere. The plane tree had stripped down to a bare minimum. Poppies were brought to the kitchen table. Flames danced at night in the fireplace. Blankets and sweaters were drawn. And the terrace dinner table is an anachronism, at home on this blog. Winter nights being too cold to eat out, this was taken in January...
Once Upon a Time, le Club
March 29, 2014
For four years, I bounced from one tropical location to the next, tanned as a chocolate bar and barely drying up between dives. Two of those years were spent aboard the Club's sister sailing ships, Club Med 1 and Club Med 2, largest sailing vessels in the world. Being a dive instructor for Club Med tought me a lot about diving and even more about people. Unfortunately, it also tried to teach me to dance and I lost my inner left meniscus to a French Cancan in rough seas....
A Few Steps Above The Clutter
March 20, 2014
On our last Saturday walk we aimed for a ridge that stretches along the northwestern side of Manhattan like a spine. It features Inwood Park at its northern tip, then the Cloisters and finally a section of the Upper West Side we had never really explored. A gigantic cathedral greeted us at the top of a flight of stairs through a narrow park. The Cathedral of St John the Divine, isn't. It is huge, though, and fenced by a barbed wire perimeter, the tall stone walls beggin...
Wandering Across Times Square
There still isn't much to say. Times Square is a flirt between good and evil, between science-fiction come true and the decadence of materialistic America. But mostly these days, walking around and staring at the giant displays, I get a sense of doom. As though we have gone too far and will soon pay for our arrogance. Times Square represents the essence of human greed. Incredible amounts of money are spent here trying to convince people that they lack something, that th...