Y is for Yas

This final instalment of Cee’s alphabetical Black & White challenge was always going to be a bit tricky – unless, that is, you have a particular soft spot for yachts or zebras (I don’t).

However, inspiration finally struck when I remembered this iconic hotel (it actually used to be called the Yas Hotel), which is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, right next to the Formula 1 race circuit.

We stayed there once. Very interesting architecturally, but as a hotel? – meh.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Y or Z

W is for Wrought Iron

This wrought iron balcony dates from about 1740 and is now on display in the Chateau des Ducs museum in Nantes. The pattern is complex enough on its own but the shadows add a further dimension.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: W or X

V is for Vase (or U is for Urn)

Detail of a Sèvres porcelain vase, on display in a museum in Sarlat. Monochrome highlights the extraordinary detail of the decoration.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: U or V

S is for Shutters

These shutters cover a window in one of the turrets of the Chateau des Ducs, in the French city of Nantes. Also includes S for stonework and seats.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: S or T

R is for Raindrops

This tulip was actually a lovely shade of buttercup yellow, but it’s easier to see the raindrops in monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Q or R

P is for Parisians

Last year we were in Paris and took a trip down the River Seine on a bateau-mouche. It was around lunchtime on a pleasant sunny day, so people came outside to eat their lunch. These particular Parisians were sitting on a set of steps that lead up from the river to the embankment.

This shot works much better in monochrome than colour because of the strong lines, with the steps providing a pleasing diagonal.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: O or P

 

M is for motor car

This well-kept example of a vintage Citroen can be found tucked away at the side of an old house in the village of Gargilesse, in central France.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: M or N