We don’t say faucet

Bathrooms aren’t the most obvious source of photographic inspiration, so I’m indebted to Cee for forcing me to use a bit of imagination for a change. This is a close-up of the rather complicated arrangement of taps (or ‘robinets’ in French) on the side of my bath.

BathB&W

Posted in response to Cee’s latest Black & White Photography Challenge.

Name that tune

Detail from a piano in the Music Room of Chateau d’Amboise (where you can also find the empty chair).

MusicB&W

Posted in response to the latest of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenges.

Venice, Schmenice, it’s all about me!

It takes a lot to move me to incandescent rage, but my encounters with the phenomenon of ‘selfie sticks’ when in Venice last year prompted me to this rant. And I have to say that time has proved to be no emollient.

As far as I can see, there is only one possible valid use for a selfie stick, and since science has already invented colonoscopes for that kind of thing, even that’s debatable.

But, if you want something in response to Cee’s latest Black & White challenge, here’s a photograph I took on Burano last October.

CameraB&W

Recycling point

Every village in France has its ‘dechette’, or recycling point, where you can get rid of your old newspapers,  an alarming number of empty wine bottles and, of course, plastic packaging. Good citizens that we are, we sort out our own recycling and take it to the dechette on a regular basis. This is the sack for empty plastic bottles.

PlasticB&W-2

Posted in response to Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge.

Wheels within wheels

Montrol-Sénard is a village in the Limousin countryside, not far from here, that is preserved as a living museum of rural life at around the turn of the last century. This image shows part of a piece of  machinery in the village smithy. Don’t ask me what it’s for.

WheelB&W

Posted in response to Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge.

Coffee and Chrome

For this week’s edition of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – and my 100th post on this site, to boot –  here’s one of the most important appliances in my kitchen (and quite probably many of yours too).

Kitchen B&W

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Construction

‘The Landmark’ is – or was – the tallest building in Abu Dhabi. Here it is under construction, pushing up through an early morning fog.

Construction

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge