Chance has played such a strong role in my life, that I feel no amazement when I reflect upon the remarkable manner in which it presided over my birth. One could say that this is everyone’s story. But not everyone has the opportunity to tell their story.
And if everyone did, there would be no great harm in that. Each person’s experience is the treasure of all.
Text: Gerard de Nerval, Walks and Memories IV (Juvenalia)(1854), (trans. Marc Lowenthal), published in Aurelia and Other Writings, Boston, Exact Change, 1996.
Picture 1: Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance)’, New York Limited Editions Club, 1992.
Picture 2: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Todd and Michael and Christopher Wilding. This picture was taken on my fourth birthday.