Porte de l’Officialite

The little Rue Saint-Yves lies within the bounds of Chartres cathedral. The gateway dates from 1257. It is known as the Porte de l’Officialité because in medieval times it provided access to the Ecclesiastical Tribunal.

My thanks to the unknown lady who appeared from around the corner just as I was taking the shot. She made all the difference, not least in giving an idea of the scale of the Cathedral itself.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads

Thursday Doors: Chartres Cathedral

As promised, this week we feature some of the mightily impressive doors of the great cathedral of Chartres, often said to be the most beautiful cathedral in France and certainly a high point of French Gothic architecture dating from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

As you would expect, the principal entrances seek to impress:

As I recall, my second-ever contribution to Thursday Doors was this mouse’s-eye view of one of the main entrances:

It’s worth seeing from the inside too:

This is the entrance to the crypt:

And finally, this qualifies as a door, I think, although technically speaking it’s actually a reredos – a screen that once stood behind the high altar, but is now just propped up against a wall:

Next week we’re back to the usual diet of tatty secular doors.

Thursday Doors 13 April 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: Sculpted Saints

Lots of texture in this detail of a selection of saints to be found at Chartres Cathedral:

More submissions to Narami’s weekly challenge can be found here

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 29 – Beautiful Colours

The colours in this stained glass window in the cathedral at Chartres are truly stunning:

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52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 29 – Beautiful Colours

Monochrome: Texture & Contrast

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge has now reached Black & White and as a first stage is focussing on texture and contrast. Here are some images that incorporate both these key elements of monochrome images.

This camellia flower was actually a gorgeous shade of purple, but the monochrome brings out the texture of the leaves very well, while the greater contrast enhances the perception of detail at the heart of the flower :

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This little imp sits on an electricity pylon, contrasting well with the texture of the concrete post, in the small hamlet of Bonnefont, quite close to here:

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Monochrome also brings out the texture in these carvings from Chartres Cathedral….

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…and the contrast in this dramatic skyscape

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Thursday Doors: Chartres (encore)

This week’s contribution was actually inspired by last week’s post from Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery, which showed a range of open doors. After all, who said the door had to be closed?

And who said you had to be looking in? This is one of the big doors  of Chartres Cathedral, looking out to some of the exterior stonework. Given the high contrast between light and dark, getting a worthwhile image certainly put Lightroom through its paces, but I think it was worth the effort.

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Thursday Doors 28 April 2016

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Not the most ‘out-of-the-box’ take on this week’s theme of Time for sure, but an interesting and unusual object nonetheless: the great 24-hour clock, dating from the 1520s – and looking for all the world like a sundial – on the North tower of Chartres Cathedral:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Time