Urban Erosion: St-Junien

An all-too common sight in the old centres of so many towns in rural France that don’t benefit from any significant levels of tourism.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 13 January 2021

The Treasury At Petra

There are few sights more awe-inspiring than the first glimpse of the soaring Nabatean Treasury in the ancient city of Petra.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns & Vertical Lines

Gold Leaf Galore

The opulent design of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi incorporates quantities of gold leaf.

CMMC 9 December 2020: Silver or Gold

A quiet bar

The bar at the Sir Bani Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Life is hard sometimes…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Doors & Windows

Illuminated

The iconic – and eye-wateringly expensive – Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai is lit up at night.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colourful buildings

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 38 Rule of Odds

This week’s challenge is to employ the ‘rule of odds’. That’s simply the oft-observed phenomenon that an image with an odd number of items is inherently more aesthetically pleasing than an even number. Here, three old doors are better than two – especially when helped out by a dramatic sky.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 38 Rule of Odds

Residency in Dubai

Last week, Cee wanted images of old buildings; this time it’s modern homes. I stayed (relatively) local for the old buildings – being pretty much surrounded by them in this part of France, quite apart from actually living in one myself.

Of course there are modern homes here too, but most of them are just not very interesting to look at. Whereas in Dubai pretty much everything is modern and a lot of it is architecturally noteworthy. This is the Pearl Resdence, one of the almost literally countless residential apartment blocks in the city. That’s another one reflected in its plate glass frontage.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Modern Homes

Monday Window: Perigueux Cathedral

Behind the font in the cathedral of Perigueux.

#MondayWindow 17 August 2020

Monday Window: Nantes Cathedral

Some readers might have heard about the fire that caused severe damage over the weekend to the cathedral in the city of Nantes. I’ve posted a couple of images of the stained glass windows in this enormous edifice in the past and here is another, rather poignant one.

As well as the arched window, this image shows the cathedral’s massive baroque organ, dating back about 400 years. According to reports, the organ was almost entirely destroyed by fire, although fortunatelly the cathedral as a whole did not suffer anything like the damage that befell Notre Dame in Paris.

#MondayWindow 20 July 2020

Look up

A view of part of the mightily impressive vaulted and domed ceiling of the Cathedral of Saint-Front in Perigueux.

I did my usual trick of lying the camera on the floor pointing upwards, setting the timer and hovering just out of shot to make sure that nobody steps on it. It gives a different perspective and also stops you getting a crick in your neck.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Domes and Arches