spectators of life

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Sentence Meme
  • "Up there high, high in the bell tower, lives the mysterious bell ringer."
  • "It is a tale, a tale of a man and a monster."
  • "Bring these gypsy vermin to the Palace of Justice."
  • "This is an unholy demon. I'm sending it back to Hell where it belongs."
  • "Well if I picked a day to fly, oh, this would be it."
  • "Go on! Nobody wants to be cooped up here forever!"
  • "Pour the wine and cut the cheese."
  • "If 20 years of listening to you two hasn't made him sick by now, nothing will."
  • "Take it from an old spectator. Life's not a spectator sport. If watchings all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without you."
  • "Better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission."
  • "Thieves and hustlers and the dregs of humankind, all mixed together in a shallow, drunken stupor."
  • "Ease up. Wait between lashes. Otherwise, the older sting will dull him to the new."
  • "I was summoned from the way to capture fortune tellers and palm readers?"
  • "Look at that disgusting display."
  • "You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help."
  • "Are you always this charming or am I just lucky?"
  • "Candle light, privacy, music. Can't think of a better place for hand-to-hand combat."
  • "You think you've outwitted me but I am a patient man, and gypsies don't do well inside stone walls."
  • "I was just imagining a rope around that beautiful neck."
  • "Such a clever witch. So typical of your kind, to twist the truth to cloud the mind with unholy thoughts."
  • "You can't right all the wrongs in this world by yourself."
  • "If I could do this, you wouldn't find me dancing in the street for coins."
  • "I bet the king himself doesn't have a view like this! I could stay up here forever."
  • "When you wear this woven band, you hold the city in your hand."
  • "Our home is always open to the weary traveler. Have mercy, my lord."
  • "With all due respect, sir, I was not trained to murder the innocent."
  • "The sentence for insubordination is death. Such a pity- you threw away a promising career."
  • "If you have to burn the city to the ground, so be it."
  • "Knights in shining armor certainly aren't her type."
  • "You'll hide here until you're strong enough to move."
  • "You're either the single bravest soldier I've ever seen, or the craziest."
  • "Why is it, whenever we meet, I end up bleeding?"
  • "What chance could a poor, misshapen child like you have against her heathen treachery?"
  • "You stand upon the brink of the abyss. Yet even now, it is not too late."
  • "I can save you from the flames of this world, and the next."
  • "It was my duty, horrible as it was. I hope you can forgive me."
  • "All my life you have told me the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you!"
  • "He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit."
Beware, my body and my soul, beware above all of crossing your arms and assuming the sterile attitude of the spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of griefs is not a proscenium, and a man who wails is not a dancing bear.
—  Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land
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The World of Anamorphic Street Art with @leonkeer

For more photos and videos of Leon’s surreal street art, follow @leonkeer on Instagram.

Dutch artist Leon Keer (@leonkeer) plays with distortion and perspective to create anamorphic street art — pictures that are drawn on pavement and floors that give the illusion they are three-dimensional, but only when viewed from a certain angle. “The concept behind my artworks is often presented as a playful, recognizable image placed in another context,” Leon explains. “I try to take you, as a spectator, away from everyday life. In that way, you are able to look differently at the street and the city you are living in.”

Leon says he is constantly working on improving his techniques — from figuring out the right distortion and alignment to bettering his use of shadows and highlights. He says he does feel vulnerable showing his abilities out in the open, but says creating something live is also what he enjoys the most. “The tension of working on the streets got me hooked,” he says. “Despite what the viewers tell you, you have to stay focused and criticize all your efforts. This challenge works as a kind of adrenaline for me.”

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I hope I never grow tired of The Names. This song is called ‘Spectators of life’

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
—  Oscar Wilde…