Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘fantasy’. I suppose one way of defining that is as something that doesn’t actually exist but you would quite like it if it did.

The possibilities are almost endless, but on a very still day on the River Charente in the Dordogne there’s more than a suggestion of fantasy about the reflections of the riverbank.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

The kitchen of the castle

This surprisingly modest old kitchen is on display at a Chateau in the Dordogne departement of France.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things found in a kitchen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Take a ride in the glass lift that’s now inside the bell-tower of the church and you will find yourself atop the medieval town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne, with matchless views over the tops of the old buildings:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

Symmetry

Something in the human brain is attracted to symmetry; we find it – almost always – aesthetically pleasing. And, as Cee points out this week, it can appear in many different guises.

To begin with, here are two images from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The first is yet another (no apologies though) chandelier, pictured from below, which is an example of circular symmetry, while the second is the top of a dome, which is obviously an example of left/right symmetry.

Although symmetry is an important element of Islamic art, it also features extensively in secular situations in Arab countries. Here is part of the seawall on the Abu Dhabi Corniche and – more prosaically – the underground carpark of the Dubai Mall.

It’s also possible to see symmetry in multiple subjects: like these two conjoined kites from the Blond airshow and a set of measuring jugs from a museum in Sarlat.

And finally, the symmetry of reflections on the Dordogne River

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Symmetry

How does that look?

We’ve just spent a few days in and around the  – very picturesque – medieval town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne.

This photograph was taken from the ascenseur panoramique – a glass-walled lift (elevator, if you insist) that climbs 100 feet inside the bell-tower of a church. From the top you get excellent – nay, panoramique – views of the rooftops of old Sarlat and the surrounding countryside…

…as well as these happy snappers reviewing their images of the bronze geese in the Place du Marché aux Oies – the Goose Market.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Kind of Camera or Photos of Photographers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This week we’re asked ‘what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?’

Well, I don’t know about the ‘more inspired’ bit, but I do like a nice reflection: as I’ve described it before, Nature’s best buy-one-get-one-free deal. So, here are three images I’ve captured over the past couple of weeks.

The first was taken from a boat on the Dordogne River:

Dordogne riverbank

Dordogne riverbank

The second is from the same boat trip, but I flipped the image 90 degrees clockwise for a more dramatic efect

A different perspective

A different perspective

And finally, taken at a display by the Cadre Noir elite team at France’s National equestrian School in Saumur, a rider passes in front of a mirror

Cadre Noir

Cadre Noir