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Michel GOETZ

Michel Goetz is no longer here, he is everywhere...
He was undoubtedly my closest and most "distant" friend since he had left to join his wife Lorraine in Montreal! 6000 km of distance and bi-annual return trips in November and April (as a parenthesis between the winter of Quebec) during which we got to know each other better.
We met in another life while I was Project Manager in the "City Policy" and he worked with me as a consultant or "outside look", a mission he found again when I was interested in photography...
We worked together for more than 10 years and after his departure in Canada, during his visits to the metropolis, we recognized ourselves as Friends.
Because it was me, because it was him,"wrote Montaigne, whose essays he regularly reread as he was passionate about the theories that explained how the brain worked: I was always convinced that if he was passionate about this subject, it was because he was looking for" mechanical "explanations, objective and devoid of the behaviours of his contemporaries and certainly of his own.
What can we say about this "magic of suspended time" which allowed us to resume our exchanges with each of our reunions as if they had not been interrupted by the distance first of all and then by this disease which he evoked so clinically that it became both inevitable and external to our friendly relationship. It probably did not allow me to admit the imminence of his "departure" and I will have to accept that our dialogue was interrupted...
He was undoubtedly the closest human being to what could be described as an "honest man" curious of others and forbidden to make judgements a priori about them, but he was also capable of uncontrollable "Homeric" anger against what he considered to be idiotic manifestations of authority...
At each of his passages in France, he rediscovered Paris but without any past nostalgia: he was passionate about each of the changes announced and took pleasure in seeing their progress... With humour, he told me "that he was coming to control the building sites" and I tried to keep him informed of the progress I could see, while minimizing some of my criticisms....
He was for a long time the first visitor of this site and I still "owe" him a series of photos downstream of the Seine that we had been spotted together...
Before he died, he wished that all those who had "a little piece of his knowledge" could meet and exchange it. I found some of the photos I took of him during our walks and, as his son wrote to me, they reflect our complicity and some of his different facets and moods. You may not have had the chance to meet Michel GOETZ, but let me introduce you to a little bit of what I think I know about him…
Ballade  Emergency exit in Montreal in 2009
Ballade

Emergency exit in Montreal in 2009

Solo en Gare WINDSOR  solo 
Gare Windsor Montreal
Solo en Gare WINDSOR

solo
Gare Windsor Montreal


A la recherche d'HOPSTADTER  2012, In a Parisian café where a passage of ‟I am a strange loop‟ of HOPSTADTER takes place.
A la recherche d'HOPSTADTER

2012, In a Parisian café where a passage of ‟I am a strange loop‟ of HOPSTADTER takes place.


PLace IGOR STRAVINSKY 2012, Two steps from BEAUBOURG  in front of the fresco by JEF AEROSOL
PLace IGOR STRAVINSKY

2012, Two steps from BEAUBOURG in front of the fresco by JEF AEROSOL



Tour MONTPARNASSE Montparnasse Tower 
October 2012
Tour MONTPARNASSE

Montparnasse Tower
October 2012

A ceder  2013, Michel won't give in
A ceder

2013, Michel won't give in



Rue FEROU à Paris 2014, in front of the text of Arthur RIMBAUD's ‟le Bateau Ivre‟
Rue FEROU à Paris

2014, in front of the text of Arthur RIMBAUD's ‟le Bateau Ivre‟



Publicité 2015, publicity for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Publicité

2015, publicity for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France



BNF 2  2015, optical illusions
BNF 2

2015, optical illusions



Paris 17ème  2015, Michel listening in
Paris 17ème

2015, Michel listening in



LA VILLETTE 2015, La Cité des sciences , one of its favourite places in Paris
LA VILLETTE

2015, La Cité des sciences , one of its favourite places in Paris



Pont Charles de Gaulle  April 2015, in front of Lyon station
Pont Charles de Gaulle

April 2015, in front of Lyon station


Gare d'Austerlitz 2015,  North America Fresco
Gare d'Austerlitz

2015, North America Fresco

IVRY sur SEINE 2016, Where the Seine and the Marne meet, the beginning of the series ‟Paris sur Seine‟.
IVRY sur SEINE

2016, Where the Seine and the Marne meet, the beginning of the series ‟Paris sur Seine‟.