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 some project. For me, projects aren't about producing anything in particular, they're a form of play, play is a way of exploring, and the best part of life...

About The Restless Lens

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

My Writing

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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The Magical Times of Day
The Magical Times of Day
I'm just going to go ahead and assume that everybody has a "magical" time of day: a moment on the clock face you enjoy, and...
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The Knowledge it Takes
The Knowledge it Takes
Was just walking around Luling, Louisiana, thinking about how much you have to know to really understand a place, when I found the perfect example...
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Interesting Links

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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No Home Go Home
No Home Go Home
Words paired with sketches my using tea left ink, entitled "No Home Go Home / Go Home No Home." What could be more satisfying these...
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The Vulnerability of Sensitivity
The Vulnerability of Sensitivity
It seems that the most sensitive souls are able to find the most beautiful things about the world, but that sensitivity is a tremendous vulnerability...
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Evidence
Evidence
Can the cryptic, strange, and disparate contents of government agency photography archives be art? Of course they can! At least when assembled by artists with the...
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Read On

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

Enough

Our behavior, whether we admit it or not, is largely dictated by forces much older and more powerful than our individual choices. The weight of a million histories, of past decisions made by long dead rulers of nations and industry, bears down on every living person. We call this weight …

The Autumn Air

Lets talk about the air tonight. Not the air we breathe as much as the air as a medium for light. Light can travel in a vacuum, but a quick survey of photographs from space reveal that light in the absence air is a harsh, white affair. Without air, light …

Worry

I worry. A lot. Primarily in the slack hours right after bedtime. It occurs right after I have finished processing the things that happened that day. My mind, apparently having settled any outstanding business in the past, turns to the future, and the future is fertile ground for worry. I …

Spare Time

It happens to me every weekend: Friday comes and I embrace my freedom. I go out, I see the sights, I wander around the city with new eyes, loving every person and every smoke choked bar because they are signs of the life I don’t get at work during the …

Halloween

I’m not too much of a Halloween person. When it comes to costuming, Mardi Gras Day is more my speed, though recently I’ve even been leaving town for that to avoid the inconveniences. However, this year my wife and I got a little bit into the spirit of things and …

Our Histories

Often, in the moments immediately prior to falling asleep, some idea of another will come rattling down my tired synapses and disturb the otherwise steady progression of sleep in my brain. Usually I will be lazy and let this idea float off with the rationalization that, if the idea was …

People

I don’t understand people. They act in all kinds of irrational ways and are subject to the strangest impulses. They make uninformed decisions then act surprised when the obvious consequences occur. How am I so different? I act rationally, I think things through. I don’t actually believe, opportunity aside, that …

Simplicity

It all started as a bigger plan that I won’t go into now. The gist of it was that my wife and I had to become a leaner, more agile unit. Living in a three room shotgun, we weren’t exactly cumbersome or laden with possessions, but we still had more …

Waking Up

It’s damn early and I’m not quite awake. The sound of my fingers on this keyboard is annoying in the otherwise quiet kitchen were I sit and write this. I am full of reservations about my day at this early hour. I worry about all the things I know I …

Season Change

Its already Halloween. I can’t believe it. Seems like yesterday we were still sweating under the oppression of peak hurricane season, air conditioners blasting. Today our houses are open, the air lighter, a little cooler, and a whole lot more enjoyable. The clear searing blue sky of autumn has made …