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Daniel Tammet & Jérôme Tabet

Daniel Tammet FRSA (born 31 January 1979) is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. His best selling 2006 memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, was named a "Best Book for Young Adults" in 2008 by the American Library Association. Tammet met his first partner, software engineer Neil Mitchell, in 2000. Tammet lived with him in Kent, where they had a quiet life at home with their cats, preparing meals from their garden. Tammet and Mitchell operated the online e-learning company Optimnem, where they created and published language courses. (P: jurvets. Daniel Tammet, 2011)

Tammet now lives with a new partner, Jérôme Tabet, a French photographer whom he met while promoting his autobiography. Although he has said that he did not think he would be here if it were not for the love and support of Mitchell, more recently he noted that he used to live a rigid existence aimed at calming his many anxieties—"I was very happy, but it was a small happiness"—whereas now, as the subtitle of Embracing the Wide Sky: A tour across the horizons of the mind asserts, he believes that we ought to seek to liberate our brains—a belief reflected in his new life:
My life used to be very simple and regimented but since then I have travelled constantly and given lots of lectures and it just changed me... It made me much more open, much more interested in, I guess, the full potential of what my mind could do... Because of that change I grew and in a sense I grew apart from my long-term partner, so we parted amicably in 2007, and a short while later I met my current partner, who is from France so I decided to go and live with him in Avignon.
Tammet's second book, Embracing the Wide Sky, was described as one of France's best selling books of 2009 by L'Express magazine in its March 2010 edition.

Daniel Tammet is an English writer, essayist and autistic savant. His best selling 2006 memoir, Born on a Blue Day, about his life with high-functioning autism and savant syndrome, was named a "Best Book for Young Adults" in 2008 by the American Library Association. Tammet lives with his partner, Jérôme Tabet, a French photographer whom he met while promoting his autobiography. Tammet's second book, Embracing the Wide Sky, was described as one of France's best selling books of 2009 by L'Express.

Thinking in Numbers, Tammet's third book, was published by Hodder in the UK on 16 August 2012, and by Little, Brown in the United States and Canada on 30 July 2013.

Tammet's books have been published in 20 languages.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet

Born in 1980 in southern France, Jérôme Tabet entered the university to study History of Art In 1998, discover the masterpieces of modern and contemporary painting - Manet, Matisse, Cézanne, Klein, who will have a great influence on his how to photograph the landscape - and wrote, two years later, a memoir on the issues of the film adaptation, and obtained a Masters in Cinema.

In addition, he has volunteered for three consecutive years to the Short Film Festival of Aix-en-Provence, to be in direct contact with the current film trend and absorb, analyze and discuss it.

To feed his ambitions and acquire photographic and video equipment, in 2003, he led a series of cultural projects for the Victor Vasarely Foundation in Aix en Provence. It organized them for four years: various art workshops combining contemporary art, performance, video and photography, often for disadvantaged groups, and participated in the implementation of temporary exhibitions.

In 2007, under the pseudonym Rrose Selavy, he paid tribute to Marcel Duchamp, the Dada movement and Serge Gainsbourg by making the video as Beau oui comme Bowie, where two narcissistic, androgynous characters, dance in a blue fishbowl among daffodils and stars.

Later, he is taken by a fierce desire to change air, and took a one-year leave without pay to fly in North America. It was during a harsh Canadian winter that he began a photographic reflection on the landscape.

The same year, during a trip to New York, he made ​​a decisive encounter with the English writer Daniel Tammet .

Back in France in spring 2008, he moved to Avignon, participated in the French adaptation of the new book of Daniel Tammet - Embracing the Wide Sky - produced portraits of the author and the promotional video of his book and traveled across Europe.

In February 2009, he set up his first photographic exhibition L'Islande-Graphique in Villeneuve les Avignon, focuses on unusual landscapes, photographed through the lens of abstract art and fantasy movies.

In November 2009, one of his photographs, showing Daniel Tammet trying to make a painting was purchased by the New York Times for illustration of an article .

In January 2010, he exhibited the photographs of his new exhibition Dans La Tête de D. Tammet in Aix en Provence. Photos, abstract, bright, freely inspired by the synesthesia of Tammet, upset frontiers of mathematical representation and open the door to a universe in motion, alive, vibrant and cosmic.

Today he continues his photography and video as well as his literary collaborations and other meetings within the art world.

Further Readings:

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Free Press (October 16, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416549013
ISBN-13: 978-1416549017
Amazon: Born on a Blue Day
Amazon Kindle: Born on a Blue Day

A journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself.

Bestselling author Daniel Tammet (Thinking in Numbers) is virtually unique among people who have severe autistic disorders in that he is capable of living a fully independent life and able to explain what is happening inside his head.

He sees numbers as shapes, colors, and textures, and he can perform extraordinary calculations in his head. He can learn to speak new languages fluently, from scratch, in a week. In 2004, he memorized and recited more than 22,000 digits of pi, setting a record. He has savant syndrome, an extremely rare condition that gives him the most unimaginable mental powers, much like those portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the film Rain Man.

Fascinating and inspiring, Born on a Blue Day explores what it’s like to be special and gives us an insight into what makes us all human—our minds.

Dans la Tete de Daniel Tammet
Décembre 2009- Février 2010 - Librairie Book In Bar Aix en Provence
Photographies de Jérôme Tabet
Dans la Tete de Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet est l’un des synesthètes les plus connus de la planète. L’une de ses particularités ? Voir les chiffres et les nombres en couleurs, les dotant d’une texture, d’une histoire et d’une personnalité propre. Une vision originale et poétique.

Le photographe Jérôme Tabet a voulu rendre compte de ce monde mystérieux et inaccessible. Ses photos, abstraites et lumineuses, librement inspirées des synesthésies de Tammet, bousculent les frontières de la représentation mathématique et nous ouvrent les portes d’un univers en mouvement, vivant, vibrant et cosmique.

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 31st, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. I was lucky enough to find all of his books at my local library, and have ordered them all. Daniel sounds like a fascinating young man.
Jan. 31st, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, are you in Australia, isn't it right? that means he arrived there too. Let me know what you think, and yes, he seems a very interesting character.
Feb. 1st, 2014 04:55 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm in South Australia. There were several libraries listed as having all of his books, so his writing has reached us down here.
Mar. 3rd, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
I've read the first book, and really enjoyed it. I Googled Daniel to find out a little more about him, and was intrigued to find that some people think he's a fake. Have you come across those articles? It's hard to know what to think!
Mar. 3rd, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
No I didn't... fake meaning that they don't believe he has some level of disability? I only read very positive article, but maybe I was lucky.
Mar. 4th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Yes, I think they're saying he's just been using memory techniques, and has fooled the scientists. If you want to check it out (but I don't blame you if you don't) here's a link to a forum chat.


I'm impressed by Daniel, no matter how he does things. There are always conspiracy theorists out there.
Mar. 4th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
interesting, than maybe he is a "genius" (I saw a tv program here in Italy, with that title genius, where people were using memory techniques to win a final prize)
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