The frozen, clinging, beautiful mud of winter rallycross. A photo from my most recent event at Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario. We went from granite-hard surface mixed with hidden ice patches on the first two runs, and then after the sun came out from behind the clouds for an hour, to liquid mud everywhere (plus the same hidden ice patches) on run #3. Suddenly keeping our cars pointing forward at all was a major accomplishment. After the run I pulled up next to Kirk Bradley (a Subaru driver) in the service area and we both pulled off our helmets and I said “What the hell was THAT?” and we laughed.
In Paris last fall. Location can be magic, and Raphael de Lacroix summoned some up by convincing a client of his (who had just then happened to walk into his shop) to let us into her beautiful old apartment building for the last third of our shoot.
Jeanne Colette wearing Raphael de Lacroix
MUAH Nathalie van Spaandonck
Agency: The Face Paris
This awesome (even intimidating) instrument is the grand gallery organ in l’eglise Saint-Roch, Paris. It was built in the late 18th-century by the Clicqout family of organ makers, who also installed one of the first organs in the cathedral of Notre Dame.
After a week of highly variable weather, the track forecast for this weekend’s rallycross is “frozen gravel or mud” - which should present some interesting tests for my Audi’s stock suspension. 😋
Can’t wait to race this.
Photo from last season’s final RX, by Jeff Lantz
Last September in Paris, I sat for a while near the shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in l’église de la Madeleine – though I didn’t know this at the time, too photographer-focused as I was on the beautiful candle light, the icon, and the people contemplating it. I researched Saint Rita today: she’s considered the patron saint of impossible and lost causes, as well as of abused and heartbroken women. She lived in 14th- and 15th-century Umbria; married at 12 to an abusive and violent husband, she apparently turned him partially away from violence – though he ended up stabbed to death by members of a family he was feuding with – and then prayed to God to keep her sons from the same violent, vengeful path (a request He granted, it is said, by killing them both with dysentery to save them from Hell). She ended up an Augustinian nun, and was canonized five centuries later, in 1900.
Part of the deep magic of photography lies in its embrace of the time between intentions.
I love this picture of my friend (and actor and stylist) Cayley Jay, from a shoot we did back in the fall of 2017.
I’ve been working on a cool new film project with (and this time written by) Rose Paré. Stay tuned.
Many worlds to conquer. Happy birthday to Rose Paré, actress, model, and friend.
Check out her debut in our short film, “Commencement”
My next rallycross (RX) event - the first in the KWRC 2019 series - is approaching soon: less than a month away! I’ll be driving my Audi A3 as usual, and naturally hoping to beat my times in the last event. I’ll keep you posted!
A cycle path runs along Ironmonger Lane, north off Cheapside. In this age of electrification and globalization and the Internet, the London of Dickens and Conrad merely waits for nightfall to emerge again.