Splendid Isolation

This statue of King Louis IX – canonised as Saint Louis – stands in splendid isolation on a corner of the mighty basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which dominates the skyline of the Montmartre area of Paris.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Isolated Subjects

Clock Watching

For this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Cee has asked for an image of anything that ends in ‘ock’.

I do have a picture of the large black rooster from the farm just up the road, but making the post title fit the brief and at the same time observe propriety was too problematic.

Instead, here is an entirely respectable photograph taken from inside the clock tower of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. If you’re wondering why a museum should have a clock tower, in this case it’s because the building used to be a railway station.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Something ending in ‘ock’

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

 

B is for Bear – and Bathroom

Looks like we’ll be going through the alphabet over the next few months with Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Naturally enough, we start with A or B, so as a special introductory offer here are two Bs for the price of one.

I freely admit that it was a little unsettling the first time I went into this bathroom at a hotel in Paris to be confronted by a Polar Bear. Fortunately, it was only an image on the door of the shower cubicle and I should have been forewarned because I’d already seen one on the wall over the bed.

And that’s really weird.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: A or B

Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers

Not so long ago, I posted this stark image of one of the outside-facing clocks on the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. For the latest WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, with the theme of Numbers, here is the ornate gilded clock – roman numerals and all – that hangs over the main exhibition hall inside:

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Less conventionally, here’s another way of looking at numbers, from the old schoolroom in Montrol-Sénard:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Numbers

Backwards in time

An open topic for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week gives me an excuse to post this image.

It was taken in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which is housed in a former mainline railway station. This is the inside of the clock tower. I was praying that everybody else would get out of the shot before this gentleman decided to move on and spoil the composition.

Clockface

This is what it looks like from the outside:

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Bridgework

This photograph is a crop from a photograph I took from a bateau-mouche cruising down the River Seine in Paris and is of the underside of a bridge. It seems to fulfil the ‘lines and angles’ requirement of  Cee’s challenge for this week.

It’s an interesting optical illusion that, although the image is a perfect rectangle the right vertical looks longer than the left.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lines and Angles