Stained Glass Monochrome

The main interest in photographs of stained glass usually lies in the vibrant colours.

However, a monochrome image, such as this one of a window in the church of Saint Cirq Lapopie, helps to accentuate the intricacy of the patterns that go to make up the overall effect.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 9 – Patterns

The Girl That Deams Awake has set the topic of ‘Patterns’ for this week.

Most stained glass windows display overtly religious images. However, this example, to be found in the crypt of the medieval church in the French village of Gargilesse, is an interesting exception.

The geometric patterns remind me of Celtic designs (Celtic knots?). I’m also reliably informed – by Madame the quilter (a.k.a. The Best Girl Ever) – that there are very similar quilting patterns.

In another departure from tradition, the colours are far more subdued than in typical stained glass windows.

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Patterns in mosaic

This is a detail from an intricately patterned mosaic in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Islam discourages, or in some cases completely forbids, the creation of images of humans and all sentient beings. Accordingly, the development of art has focused to a great extent on geometrical patterns.

(You’ll have to believe me when I say that I’d already selected this image before I saw the one featured in Cee’s post)

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns