Monday, September 17, 2012

Pierre Szekely Fireplace . . .

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Blogging is . . .
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Blogging is about meetings of minds. Blogging is about meetings. Chance meetings, encounters of the blogging kind.
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Today I met a blogger, after about three years of a virtual and long distance conversation. She hails from California, but was travelling in France. Her name is. . . well, let's just say her name is English Rider. And her blog is here. (as well as in my sidebar at "Where's My Effing Pony?") And it was a pleasure to meet her. Not only was it a rare pleasure to meet her, but she became the first person today to actually buy one of my books. Imagine that, she came all the way to Paris to buy a book of photos from the Causse Méjean ! Ok, she will be doing some other things in France while on this side of the ocean. But still, I'm thrilled. So thank you E.R. ! ! !
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Not only did she buy one of my books, but she gave me a book of poems by Claude Farhi which was illustrated by her husband, who is a very fine painter indeed. If you are curious, you can find some of his work here. He has had numerous shows in both France and the USA. He is also a sculptor, a carver of stones. He and E.R. run a business doing creations in stones for clients in various places. Stone roofs, stone kitchens, stone bathrooms, and stone fireplaces. When she showed me some pictures of fireplaces they had conceived and installed, I couldn't help but think of a large stone fireplace I had seen this summer in a chateau in Brittany. It was carved by the sculptor Pierre Szekely, and was rather lovely, in my humble opinion, to behold. I mentioned to E.R. that I thought both she and her husband may appreciate it. Without further ado, here is the chateau and the fireplace in question :
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13 comments:

Alistair said...

I've met a couple of people in person that I first met through the blog - although no-one who'd come such a distance - and they've been as genuine in person as in their virtual reality personas which is reassuring. I'm sure they will have enjoyed their visit with you too.

As usual, intersting photo's well shot.

Cheers!

the fly in the web said...

Fascinating fireplace....and I did enjoy the people sitting around it...on the other side of the ropes.
Started a new train of thought about access.
Thank you.

And English Rider's blog is super, isn't it.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Félicitations pour la vente de la première copie de ton livre, Owen, en espéranr qu'elle sera suivie par beaucoup d'autres. Et en plus, tu as fait une belle rencontre... Une bonne semaine pour toi. :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Steve said...

Been blogging for 6 years now and still to meet a fellow blogger... always encouraging to hear how enjoyable it can be!

Virginia said...

Well dear Owen, I still cherish the two meetings we've had so far and meet the Mrs. as well!~ :) BTW, would you be a dear and send me your mailing address? I have a little something for her I'd love to send along. Hoping for another janvier meeting. Where to this time my friend?
V

The Pliers said...

How nice for you to have been graced by a visit from the English Rider and even more lovely that the two of you were able to have an exchange of works of art, especially after such a short acquaintanceship and during one of her exceedingly rare visits to Europe.

I think that you could legitimately call that a celebrity sighting! Bravo!

English Rider said...

Both of your amazingly beautiful photo-books are heading for California in a couple of days. In the meantime, they have been shared and greatly admired in the South of France.
There will be a new installment soon, in the legend of what happens to The Artistic One when I,m away. I must wait for a keyboard that has the letters in places I'm accustomed to. This is driving me crazy!
Great meeting you

Nadege said...

Gorgeous fireplace! It is so wonderful to meet other bloggers. Maybe if I was not as busy, I would take the time to seek some of them.

Alberto Oliver said...

What a wonderful encounter of the blogging kind :)
Yes,,it must be a rather "rare" pleasure to meet for the first time someone with the one you have had a close and personal, let´s say virtual "proximity". And wonder if somehow it might be possible to meet ever as well those impossible geographies and worlds that inhabits our mind. Maybe it´s possible despite it all and I try not to lose the hope about that, despite the lack of any map that might lead to such place. And at the same time, really long for the day that we could meet each other dear friend Owen, either in my former Nordic domains the one I miss a lot,,or in your land of magical chateaus!
It is a pleasure, believe me, to keep enjoying of your valuable friendship, in a world of uncertainty and changes!!

Cheers!

Alberto

nathalie, avignon said...

Blogger meetings are such wonderful moments, aren't they?

Your photos of the carved fireplace in Brittany are great - find work indeed. Do you know when it dates back to?

I love your first photo too: under a strikingly blue sky, a typical "malouinière". What most intrigued me was the group of people sitting in the "salon" : the red velvet cord in the foreground suggests that the place receives paying visitors yet it looks like this particular group is made of friends. Could you tell the story?

Springman said...

Mr. Owen, Sir, I don't think there would be a single one of your fans who wouldn't love to share cocktails with you one evening, in Paris, and perhaps warmed by such a fine fireplace. English Rider is a lucky Lady.
How could there not be sterling conversations?
"Yes, we speak of things that matter, With words that must be said, Can analysis be worthwhile?
Is the theater really dead?" P.S.
I hope you don't mind; I've sent my daughter to come and live with in France. It is her dream to be the Mayor of Paris. Help her if you can!
Forgive the rambling nature of my comments...
The cover art on Szekely's book shows a fertility idol (I guess?!) very imaginative. But I must say, the sculpture is a little intimidating, even for a pansexual such as myself. It’s hard to imagine the same artist is responsible for both creations. The fireplace is everything that is beautiful in keeping with its leaded glass style Biblical story telling.
Speaking of J.C. News today announces the discovery of a papyrus remnant, first century stuff, that confirms the big guy had a wife. Probably M.M. Thought you should know. People can get a little testy about these things.
Safe journey to you Sir!

James said...

This is one of the beautiful things about blogging and the internet. We get to make friends with and meet people in a way that wasn't possible in the recent past.

I hope we can meet again someday!

Stickup Artist said...

That sounds like fun! And I too love that first photo. The colors are so striking and the perspective couldn't be better. Like Nathalie up there I was also wondering about the group sitting inside the red velvet cord...