Moving Parts

Not a refugee from a Transformers movie, but a close-up of one of the cylinders on a propeller engine from an old aeroplane.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things With Engines or Motors

Sabots

Until well into the last century, the ‘ default’ footwear in rural France was wooden clogs, made by the local ‘sabotier’ (the French word for clog is ‘sabot’ – from which the word ‘saboteur’ is also derived). Indeed, part of our house was once the local sabotier’s workshop, as shown in the second image at the bottom of this post.

Nowadays, clogs are mainly used for decorative purposes (we have a couple of old pairs ourselves), but they are still used by a local traditional dance troupe, as shown in this image.

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(On this occasion I decided to use a sepia tone as it seems more in keeping with the ‘retro’ subject)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hands, Feet or Paws

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This room is now our entrance hall. It’s been done up a bit since this was taken.

Classic Citroen

A beautifully restored classic Citroën car, certainly more than 50 years old, displayed at the annual Lesterps exhibition of vintage cars and agricultural equipment. The clouds reflected in the glossy bodywork, give an extra dimension to the image, while the dappled sunshine on the ground behind adds depth.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Older Than Fifty Years

 

Monumental

Large? You want large? Take a look at the human figures at bottom left of this image from Petra and you’ll get some idea of the scale of this monumental work.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

Art in the service of religion

In response to this week’s Black & White Challenge from Cee, here is an image of the extraordinarily intricate carving above the great door of Chartres Cathedral.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Across the fields

A view of the nearby village of Lesterps on a suitably overcast, monochrome kind of day.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Houses.

Fallow Ground

Five minutes walk down the road from here is this field, which last year had a late crop of maize. This year it’s been left fallow, but this is what it looked like in January.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Ground