Jeremy Martin

Jeremy Martin

About Jeremy
Hello, my name is Jeremy Martin, and I'm a wanderer, writer, and whatever else day-to-day life requires. I am fascinated by place, by the journey, by the diversity of ideas and experiences in the world....
Projects
I try to always be working on something for myself: projects like this aren't about producing anything in particular, they're a form of play, play is a way of exploring, and the best part of...

About The Restless Lens

Welcome to The Restless Lens, where you’ll find my personal interests, inspirations, ideas, and work, all outside the walls of social media; independent, strange, eclectic, typically mediocre, and completely un-monetizable, this is the way the internet should be.

My Writing

Visions of the Apocalypse
Visions of the Apocalypse
I have, for many years now, frequently found myself held rapt by unexpected visions of the apocalypse. Upon a rooftop bar, for example, I will...
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The Eclipse
The Eclipse
This morning I've noticed that many accounts of yesterday's total eclipse contain a statement along the lines of "I was not prepared for how beautiful/spiritual/amazing...
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The Key and the String
The Key and the String
Addie and I are staying the month in a small and very lovely war-era Dutch row house, which our host generously gives us freedom to...
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A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
A Brief Guide to My Emoji Usage
I was sending someone a text message the other day and needed just the right emoji. The conversation was completely over by the time I...
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Interesting Links

Photography That Treats Dementia
Photography That Treats Dementia
It's tempting to think of art as a purely aesthetic pursuit, a process that generates beautiful things to hang on the walls of galleries and...
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Parlez-Nous A Boire
Parlez-Nous A Boire
One of my favorite songs in the world is “Parlez-Nous A Boire,” or “Let’s talk about drinking.” The title alone, which is also the first...
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Badass Women
Badass Women
It's painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that history tends to be a little (a lot), well, skewed toward the male side of things. All...
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Against Argument
Because there's no shortage of writing about politics (if thats still what we're calling it these days), I'm especially refreshed when I read a new and...
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Mapping Above and Below the City
Mapping Above and Below the City
If you're anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with...
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Kill The Parking
Kill The Parking
Mexico City is ditching parking requirements for new development. Why in the world would one of the most traffic-congested cities in the world (a ranking...
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The Eastern Capital
The Eastern Capital
Here's a vaguely architectural project that impinges upon the more pleasant periphery of the artistic: imagine a project to rebrand China as a cultural rather...
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Read On

Expression, curation, and exploration. Check out specific categories in the menu above, or the full stream below.

Peace

I can’t help it, I read the news. Even though I hate every second of it, even though it makes me miserable and angry, I do it anyway, perhaps out of a sense that with so much disaster in the world (both natural and man-made), the least I can do …

Perspective

Perspective is a difficult beast to tame in writing. Hell, it’s a difficult thing to grapple with in life too. We are all defined by our perspectives, the unique lens through which we see the world, a lens formed by our past experiences and future hopes. All of which is …

What I Wish

I wish I could play for you all the songs ringing voiceless in my tone deaf ears, and I wish I could paint you all the vibrant shapes shimmering behind my colorblind eyes, and I wish I could speak all the words that lay twisted on my clumsy tongue, and …

Golden Meadow

House painter ain’t much of a title but its an onshore job in an offshore world where the pay may be better but the hours suck: 14 and 7 means you don’t get out to the peace of the marsh or anywhere else but a few times a month plus …

Dead Photographs

I’m back from a journey and sifting through my photographs, reliving each city through the lenses of five cameras: a micro four-thirds, a point and shoot and three (don’t ask) phones. I love the micro four-thirds camera; its like a tiny SLR with beautiful color sensitivity. The point and shoot …

Jet Lag

I awoke early Sunday morning to find “I’m supposed to be asleep” written on my laptop screen, the cursor must have spent all night blinking to an empty room. I hesitate to call this jet lag because since I returned from Europe my sleep patterns have been defined more by …

Meta Awareness

I’m writing this sitting on a breezy balcony five stories above some romantically named back road in Paris. The buildings are all painted varying shades of white with simple yet vaguely monumental ornamentation scattered up the facades from the grey concrete of the sidewalk to the grey metal of the …

Romanticizing

Home is a heavy concept, packed with all sorts of ideas about comfort and familiarity, personality, history and hopes for the future. Home is the backdrop upon which our lives are painted, the topography of its texture and outlines are as influential to the brush strokes of our actions as …

Wanderlust

The feeling sneaks up on you: one second you’re preoccupied with the mechanics of your day, thinking about all the things you have to do and suddenly a picture flashes through your email, or across your social media lens and next thing you know you’re a million miles away, dreaming. …

Subway Song

Out for the day Drinking from bar to bar Followed, hell, haunted By familiar snippets Of forgotten favorite songs. but its not in the bars or the restaurants or the commerce-crammed stores where I come face to face with the force of remembered melody it is underground in the soot …