London, grey sky. One morning I woke up and I couldn’t stand grey anymore, because grey is indifference and apathy, and the clouds are also grey, and they can be scary, as they say: “It’s going to rain, you should walk, run, hurry.” It is impossible to be idle in London. There are always clouds in the sky and no benches on the street. You’d better move.
It was vacation time, and I am young. It was time to be lazy and happy. But London is not idle, and happiness is not grey. It was clear to me: I had to leave. My friends and I left for the French coast as fast as the idea came up. It was easy to convince them. We all felt the same. We packed our things and took off.
When we landed, the French sky was cloudy again, but we were on vacation, and when you’re on vacation you create the environment, especially in the countryside. The whole point of living in a city is to surrender to it. You end up accepting the city’s rules, habits, roles. The pressure is too big. If you stop in the middle of the constant movement, just to take a breath and rethink, it is already too late. You’re left behind, and apparently that’s the biggest problem of our era.
But on vacation, when you’re a foreigner, you don’t belong to the city and its rhythm, so the pressure doesn’t exist. Real vacation is the nonexistence of change. That is why some creatives say they never go on vacation, and they do have a point.
That’s why even if there were clouds when we arrived, it was OK. When the skies didn’t provide light, Antonio had his phone by hand to light his face, and Pablo could take the picture. This was the first moment of reshaping the environment. The rest came naturally. Antonio and Lucile started showing their work with complete freedom, because they were on vacation. There was a real impression of nonexistence of right or wrong. We had some drinks because we were on vacation. There was a picture taken with an old, half broken phone, because we were on vacation.
I don’t remember everything, I was happy, but it worked out more or less like this: We intended not to evolve, we were trying to make the most of being out of London for a while. We wanted a real vacation, so we focused on the things that never change, which are the important things. Love, fear, beauty, friendship, happiness. Every human being has felt them deeply in every age, here they remain, here they will endure. We tried to reach what’s important, the core. To keep the soul at rest.
And in the end, everything looked different. Our mood, our work, our relationship with others. Even the light. We didn’t change anything and everything changed.
words by PATRICK STASNY