Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Courage, 2007

Because, this is Monday only, my run tonight was a fail (well, simply because my stupid timer/GPS didn’t stop when I did ! #argh #runnerproblems), and this is the London marathon this Sunday (I am not running it, but a friend of mine does!! ;), the Courage from Muga Miyahara illustrating a feet seems perfect for the Art of the week.

This photograph is part of the series ‘Toko’ made of 15 shimmering silver gelatin prints. A Toko or Tokonama is in a Japanese home, a very special niche or alcove where important items (such as Ikebana flower arrangement, artistic, calligraphic roll, bonsai…) are displayed.

Here the artist uses this spaces to stage inanimate objects, each symbolising a status, a feeling: a giant black teardrop representing Sadness, a growth of roots from the ceiling for Aging, model planes above white smoke for fear…

You may find the whole series at the Micheko Gallery in Munich where the pictures below are from.


Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Sadness, 2007
Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Anger, 2007


Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Aging, 2007


Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Fear, 2007


Muga Miyahara, Tokonoma – Courage, 2007

Humberto Rivas, From the series "Landscapes", Barcelona, 1989

I love Barcelona.
I visited this city the first time with my then boyfriend exactly one year ago. It was sunny, bright, not super warm but warm enough when you live in London. It was a perfect long weekend, getting up late, making love, walking in the town without anything specific in mind and simply discovering at our own rhythm the architecture and get a feeling of the city, stopping for coffee, or sangria and tapas, coming back to the flat for more love making… what a true bliss it was!

He then left me few months later (‘c’est la vie’), and when in September I had the occasion to visit a friend in this city as he moved there, I wasn’t sure to accept it as it would bring back too many memories.
But, hey, I just won 2 nights in a five stars hotel so probably stupid to say no.
So I went, and gosh it was so good again!!!
After feeling like crying the first hours, remembering all about my first trip; the sun, the heat (and true heat this time), the beach, the sea with the perfect temperature, and walking there just by myself and then meeting my friend and laugh with him so much: it all made me feel reborn, alive!!!
No more tears but simply a big smile!!

Tonight, I am meeting my very best friend as we are planning to go together to Barcelona this coming July, and ‘funny’ enough, it is today that my actual boyfriend announce me he accepted an amazing job offer in… Geneva. It is indeed a super opportunity for him and he should go there for sure, but even if I like him very much, I am not sure about long distance relationship… especially as I date him for not such a long time.

I was looking therefore for a picture to cheer me up but I think the closest of my mood today is this picture from Humberto Rivas.
In this black and white photography, we can feel trapped in the shadows of this immense architecture where the only escape seems to be the bright sea, and gosh! I need this escape today more than anything else!

Humberto Rivas, From the series “Landscapes”, Barcelona, 1989

Picture from Artsy