I don’t like POLITICS, I prefer more fun hobbies like “BURYING MY HEAD IN THE SAND”, “COMPLACENCY” and “DELIBERATELY LIVING IN IGNORANCE” .
Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (via wordsnquotes)
If you don’t think this is one of the best music videos ever shot, you’re wrong.
Billy Talent - Viking Death March
Robin Williams, the most astonishingly funny, brilliant, profound and silly miracle of mind and spirit, has left the planet. He was a giant heart, a fireball friend, a wondrous gift from the gods. Now the selfish bastards have taken him back. Fuck ‘em!
A number of people are posting on Facebook and Twitter that if only he knew how loved he was, he never would have taken his life. A video from his film World’s Greatest Dad in which he describes suicide as a permanent solution to a temporary problem has been making the rounds, captioned with the likes of “he should have taken his own advice.” If only… If only…
But depression doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t work in any way that’s comforting or reassuring or filled with lessons. David Foster Wallace, another tragic victim of suicide, wrote about the terrible circumstances that a person with depression finds themselves in:
"The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames."
Compounded by a longstanding battle with addiction, Williams likely faced an impossible choice this morning. He was an ill man and although he was seeking treatment, the terror of the flames must have been far too great to cope. What an awful, awful position to be in.
One co-worker commented that it makes you wonder how many people have depression, and I felt a sudden anger flare up in my chest. Tons of people. Millions of people. Why isn’t this common knowledge? Why don’t we know what to do with depression? If you feel even an ounce of confusion over the death of Robin Williams, delve into the myriad of resources available and try to understand what happened. You’re reading this on an electronic device; change over to Google and type in “what is depression?”
Now is exactly the right time.[…]
Andrew Root is a Senior Editor at Bright Wall/Dark Room.
Drums for the first time in over 9 months.
So happy I cried a little.
I’ve still got it.
You don’t have to lead the audience by the hand and over-explain every little thing, just trust that okay. They’re going to get it. They’re smart.
Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze is a French photographer born in France. He grew up in Paris suburbs until he moved abroad in 2008. Originally dedicated to visual art, his interest in photography started to prevail after his arrival in Hong Kong. Living in the heart of Kowloon since 2009, he directly felt bond to this place unique for its density and vibrancy. His first attempt of recording his new home took the form of the project Vertical Horizon released in 2012 as a photo book. It has been featured in major publications in UK, France, Spain, USA, China and Hong Kong. The photo book has been then reprinted as a second edition in 2014. Romain is currently working on his newer photography projects focused on Hong Kong and the several aspects of its unmatched urban development.
© All images courtesy of the artist