Roman carving

Archaeologists excavating the Gallo-Roman site of Argentomagus, in central France, have uncovered many impressive statues and stone carvings.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Statuary

Streetlight

By law, all houses in France are required to have a light over outside doors (the light doesn’t have to be switched on, but that’s another story).

Typically, the lights around here are of traditional design – an old carriage lamp is very popular, for example). However, in Saint-Junien there is at least one street light of more contemporary design.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting

Rear View

Taking the ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney to Manley offers some spectacular views.

And this….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Back of things

Lose the selfie stick – somewhere

I freely admit that I have a thing about selfie sticks. To my mind their only possible useful purpose would be in the execution of a self-administered colonoscopy. There again, the heavy selfie-stick user is probably already so far up themselves that a camera would scarcely be necessary for said purpose.

Why go somewhere interesting and picturesque – like, in this case, the island of Burano – and just take photos of yourself? Bah, humbug.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cameras and Photographers

Scary

It’s just a grasshopper (deceased).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close-ups

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

The old florists’ shop

This shop, formerly a florists’, is one of many in the town of Bellac that is now closed and boarded up. But it’s a lot more attractive than most.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Storefronts

Disused railway tracks

Disused tracks just outside the old railway station in Chabanais.

(I applied an infra-red filter in order to enhance the impact of the vegetation – a polite way of saying weeds).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and tracks

Through the archway

I spotted this little statue of a sanglier (wild boar) through an aRchway in the old town of Perigueux.

The curve of the boar\s back echoes that of the archway and contrasts with the more formal geometric shapes of the stonework and the steps.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: must contain the letter ‘R’

Welcome shade

Most benches in Abu Dhabi tend to come with an accompanying shelter to provide some shade – essential when the sun beats down all day and air temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees.

These benches are on Yas Island and, it must be said, are rather less interesting than the sinuous curves of the structure that shades them (not entirely successfully).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches