Spaces: Benoît Pioulard

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[one_fifth][/one_fifth][three_fifth]This week, we are relaunching Spaces. This project aspires to present a diverse collection of people’s spaces through pictures and words. Participants come from different parts of the world and all walks of life. Every week, we’ll publish an entry from one of the participants here on Restless Cities in the same order that they were originally published. We will also be continuing the project with new contributors in the weeks to come. The first entry comes from Kranky artist Thomas Meluch also known as Benoît Pioulard.[/three_fifth][one_fifth_last][/one_fifth_last]

Spaces - Benoît Pioulard

[one_half]Spaces - Benoît Pioulard - 1[/one_half][one_half_last]Moving on from a place in which one fully invests oneself is rarely easy. About a month ago I left Portland, Oregon – my home of over four years – to stay in Seattle on a temporary basis before going on tour across the states & relocating to the UK, where my wife is getting her master’s degree in clockmaking and antique automaton conservation. The apartment in which I’d lived prior to the move is where I recorded both of my last albums and embarked upon several other rewarding endeavors, as well as where I spent the first part of my marriage, so naturally I was steeped in more than a little melancholy while packing up & preparing to leave.

Thankfully the time I’ve spent in Seattle – an equally beautiful city, I should mention – has been wonderful thanks in no small part to the change of seasons we’re undergoing. The three photos here represent a few milieux that have been integral to the headspace I’ve inhabited while reconciling my reliance on routine with the current realities of flux and uncertainty, all of them soon-to-be memories.

The birdcage belongs to my wife Nico and sits atop the piano outside my room, where I’ve spent many hours playing and reacquainting myself with long-forgotten key skills… I took lessons until the age of 14 – when my family decided out of necessity to sell our lovely, black Kawai – and have not had regular access to a piano since then, almost half my life ago. While I haven’t exactly regained all of my old sight-reading abilities, it is nevertheless a wonderful source of calm.[/one_half_last]

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The tree and the lakeside are captured moments from some of the last few days of summer-like weather we had in late September (it’s typically rainy and cold now). This particular tree bore its many trunks from a broad nexus close to the ground, providing what seems like a perfect throne to overlook the water at Discovery park. It has something of the unreal or fantastic in it.[/one_half][one_half_last]Spaces - Benoît Pioulard - 3
The water in the third shot is adjacent to Magnuson park on Lake Washington, a timeless meld of shore and horizon, and one of those things that makes one all the more acutely aware of one’s impermanence. Note the sailboat in center frame, floating as freely on the water as I seem to be doing through the fluidity of time & place. 
These shots were taken with a Polaroid Sun660 camera using Impossible’s PX Silver Shade film.[/one_half_last]


Spaces - Benoît Pioulard
Benoît Pioulard (also known as Thomas Meluch) is a 27-year-old American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and photographer. Visit his website here.

Some of my favorite things are beef jerky, bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, pistachios (aka the nut of the gods), my husband's face, and coffee.