I honestly never thought I’d ever set foot in a place like Saint-tropez. I’ve been close quite some times but always made a big turn around it, just because in so many ways it goes completely against everything I stand for or believe in. But I figured what if I’d go, and mess around a bit with this bling-bling borough. So I put on my ‘expensive sandals’ and of we were.
Actually, before I go on, I have to admit, the French Riviera is very pretty and photogenic, to blend in properly we rented a very photogenic car too, so now we were really ready to cruise. From Antibes through Cannes, to Saint-Tropez.
A couple hours later and a bit sunburned we arrived. It was exactly what I imagined it would be like. Fancy cars, women wearing make-up while it’s 35°C(how do they even do that??), big big BIG boats and so much bling bling it was almost hurting my eyes. They also write ‘Luxury’ in front of everything , restaurants, hotels, spa’s, ice-creamshops… You name it… As long as it says ‘Luxury’ people are buying it. Or ‘Exclusive’ that one works too!
My friend told me about this coffee place called Senequier, situated right in front of the yachts. He said, it would be so cool if you could do ‘one of your photos’ over there. As you can see, I did make a quick stop for a coffee:) After that coffee we drove back, we would have probably been faster walking to be honest, there’s hughe traffic jams to get in and out of this place. Being in this awesome car, it didn’t really bother us though. Completely exhausted we made it to Cannes, took some snaps there and continued the drive back to Antibes.
The very next day we woke up very early because Werner said the yacht of Abromovich was laying just 10 minutes from where we were located. We figured there wouldn’t be anyone up yet at 6 in the morning so the plan was to jump on the back of the boat, take a super fast shower and dive off again. As we were getting closer to the ‘Eclipse’ we saw a security guy marching back and foreworth. Werner took a photo to see if he looked dangerous or not, as we zoomed in we saw he was carrying a gun, so we decided to skip that one and jump on the boat next door, ‘Le Grand Bleu’.
I have to admit, I had loads of fun. Enjoyed every minute of this weekend. Will I ever go again? Probably not :)
In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared Disturb the sound of silence
Imagine. Drifting on the surface of the big blue. Waiting. Energy of the deep, Coming closer. In sight. Now. ‘If only my eyes weren’t salty. And there were no white peaky waves.’ For a moment I wished for smoothness and glassiness. But this is it. It is now. It is rough. I’m in awe. The Ocean enters my mouth. I cough. I look over and watch my friend, I ask him ‘What do we do’? He replies ‘Just be you and enjoy’. I dive. He dives too. I use my sense of sight for a second, But then just let their energy guide me, wherever they want me to go. Close but not too close. In respect of their personal space, I reach for their energy. I rise back to the air. I’m overwhelmed. I breath deep and duck down one last time, To see their shadow disappear in the unknown. Thank you mother, Thank you mother nature.
Photography by Christian Vizl Taken in Dominica on an enlightening 4day boat trip
"A mutual friend introduced me to Marisa Papen. After meeting and talking to her, I knew she was the one to take this task of skateboarding through the streets of New York! Marisa was practicing barefoot on the board, and she was killing it! As I was watching her, I realized something was missing. She needed high heels! I asked if she could skate in heels and she replied: “not sure, do you have a pair…” I did, and that’s what made everything more than just images of a chick on a skateboard, now she’s a woman in control!"
"The next day we set out to create some exciting art. Our first stop was in the meatpacking district, next to a construction site. She proceeded to take off her clothes and started skating, and even the construction workers were so shocked watching this beautiful woman skating down the street, they didn’t even say one word!"
"With one down and many more locations to visit, our next stop was the Flatiron Building, then 33rd Street, just around the corner from Macy’s, Time Square leaning on an NYPD van, Penn Station, and more. It was a typical crazy day as the streets were packed with New Yorkers going to work and tourists. What was hysterical, were the looks on people’s faces seeing a naked skateboarder shredding through traffic! Yes, all photographs were taken on the streets of New York City and no pigeons were harmed during the filming."
Get your board on, take your shirt off. Collaboration with Spleen Wear, out now!
And I know, you might ask yourself, why the f* would Marisa make some T-shirts, she doesn't wear anything herself...! If I'm not on the beach or in some other beautiful natural environment, I do leave the house wearing clothes. Unfortunately... Very minimal though... These T-shirts are made with super high-quality material in great conditions. And that's basically why. So with this being said, please always check where your clothing comes from. What material it's made of... Etc. I can assure you, these shirts are 100% Marisa-proof.
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First of all, ‘don’t judge a book by its title’… This purely implies the shame you, dear reader, (perhaps) will project on me because I have done something so disrespectful, I should burn in hell. I know my mailbox is about to fill up with threats and angriness again - to all the people typing down their furiosity right now, save your energy. I don’t even open them.
After my escapades in Egypt (read here). I knew that I wanted to push the bounderies of religion and politics even further. Breaking down the walls that have been build to keep all our wandering souls on this planet somehow under control. With other words, showing my personal religion in a world where freedom is becoming a very luxurious thing.
That freedom this time was captured by Mathias Lambrecht on a 3-day road trip through Israël. From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, to the Dead Sea and back. I don’t know if this was coincidence or not, but exactly when we arrived the American embassy opened and on the day we were in Jerusalem, Israël was celebrating their 70 year independence-anniversary. While the rest of Jerusalem was celebrating, I was enjoying the afternoon sun on a rooftop after a morning of running around in the desert - capturing our last frames of the trip.
I’ll probably share some more images of this series later on but for now, the other images of this series can be seen at the Frank Rose Gallery in Knokke, Natiënlaan 52. Which will be open from today till the end of September.
You compare yourself to a flower Feeling the wind Dancing You grow unfolding your petals To the sun Soaking Naked in the rain You compare yourself to a flower Smelling of nature's beauty Unapologetically With each breath Cleansing the air Healing Part of the earth A symbol with hidden depth that goes beyond Immaculate form You compare yourself to a flower A flower The condensation of sun wind and rain Grounded Ever changing composition Earths art constantly becoming something new A flower is a product of passion
Molten lucent lava, burning black darkness. Cherry-red tears slowly rolling down those rocky cheeks. Following the ashen path of fire. Crackly noise of a planet that’s changing shape. Moving together with the shifting crust, Unknowing, in wonder. Tumbling and tumbling… Lavishly. Explosively. Erupt.
And… then randomly, impetuously cool down again. Like nothing ever happened.
Usually when I arrive at a place that is unexplored territory, the first thing I do is go for a walk, look for food, feast my eyes. But after a past few really intense days in Turkey, I didn't feel like leaving my room yet. Here's all the angles from a tiny space in huge a building that's gonna be my bedroom for the next couple of hours.
Good night x
'I added some pictures underneath the initial story from when I finally did go outside :)' 'That goldfish market was one of the most upsetting things I've seen in a while, adults juggling around those plastic bags, looking for their perfect batch. Next week there's gonna be a dog-eating festival in the next town from where I'm staying right now. What the ****???!'
When I looked myself in the mirror around this time last year I felt transformed. My blonde manes got taken down till the root, shaved it all of (actually I made my baby brother do it, with doubt in his eyes but a quirky smile on his face). The very next day I felt the urge popping up to share my new look with the world (aka facebook), silly I know, but nevertheless I installed my camera, made a self-portrait and ditched my old profile picture. The variety of commentary coming at me was huge. It was super interesting to read how some people were loving my ‘’next-level-naked-look” and other seemed in total shock... some even decided to unfollow my work because I wasn’t ‘Marisa’ anymore - ‘how is that even possible?’ Questions and opinions kept coming my way; ‘Are you going to stop creating photographs? Are you sick? Why would you ‘cut off’ your femininity’ Hair is what defines a woman!!’ Some of those statements made me think. What is that we carry in our hair? What does our hair say about us? Even about humanity... Girls that spend thousands of dollars for the perfect ombre (or was that in 2016?!;)) Guys that are getting groomed like dogs. To me it’s all a little much but then again that’s just an opinion from a girl who thinks everyone looks best when walking straight out of the Ocean with a salty head (hair or no hair).
The next morning when I went out for a run in the rain everything made even more sense. I felt streamlined, powerful, resourceful - not only my head but my entire body felt differently. I felt light like a feather but solid like a bullet. The cold drops of rain dripping down my face brought almost tears to my eyes, well actually not almost… When I got back home I jumped straight from the cold pouring rain into a hot steaming shower - almost tears again ;)
And as I go from totally bare to watching new growth come in for the first time in my life, the idea of starting over seems completely natural. So, let’s see where this fresh load of hair will take me this time. But I will go back to bald one day, that’s for sure!
At first I was going to pen down a story influenced by the Greek Mythologie but in some way it just wouldn't work out. I could have made a different selection of images probably that would have made it simpler to tie everything together... But decided I just wanted to share my favorite images with you rather than my words. So here you go :)
Also,here's 2 other stories that we created on this same trip! LOVE GAME & LA PULPO PS: the fish was dead and consumed after (not by me)
Money unlocks the gate to happiness some people say… And I have to admit, it is the key to a lot of things. I mean, if my bank account would be completely empty I wouldn’t be able to explore this World the way I’ve been doing the last couple of years… and since exploring is what makes me happy… there is some truth in it, I guess.
But I will always remember this story my father once told me when I was about 8 years old… It was a Saturday night and we were driving back home from our every week grandmother-visit. Dinner, play some games, watching F.C. De Kampioenen (great Belgian TV-show)… Right before F.C. De Kampioenen would start, there was a 5 minute intermezzo that revealed the winning numbers of the lottery that week. Without even knowing what it was about, I was super intrigued by the whole show. I wanted to play too!! Result = whining little Marisa. So then my dad decided to tell me what’s the name of the game and what had happened to one of his close friends that had won the Lottery twice in his life. Not sure what the chances are but that’s a lot of ‘good luck’! Only a few years after having hit the big jackpot for the second time, he committed suicide. Sadly all that ‘good luck’ didn’t pay off for him.
Those words always stayed with me ever since and after having travelled a bunch and sometimes being around people who have made it, money-wise… Owning a lot does not at all mean having a richer life.
Then again, sad but true we need money to live.
So what’s quickest way to get your hands on one of those keys and cash fast? Gambling… Right?! Although my path had brought me to Vegas several times before, I had never hit the slots. Maybe because of my fathers story or maybe because I’m generally happy and I don’t need one of those keys or maybe because I was just too fascinated with people who were putting their money on the table… Seeing a natural high in their eyes, blinded by those flashy bright lights.
This time there was no escape, it was my turn to get the Vegas-VIbe on. I have to admit, it was fun. Just not as fun as throwing of my clothes, feeling free and escaping into my own World again.