Posted on November 5, 2019
A characteristic of the many notable medieval buildings in the Dordogne town of Sarlat is their very steep roofs. In this image of one of the churches, this steepness is exaggerated by the camera angle that’s necessary to capture the entire edifice.
Posted on July 31, 2019
Posted on January 18, 2019
Although there apparently remains only one example in Britain, ‘lanterns of the dead (Lanternes des Morts) can still be seen in rural France and there are a couple of (fairly) local examples.
And what, you may be asking, is a Lanterne des Morts? This is how Wikipedia describes it:
“Lanternes des morts) are small stone towers found chiefly in the centre and west of France, pierced with small openings at the top, where a light was exhibited at night to indicate the position of a cemetery. These towers were usually circular, with a small entrance in the lower part giving access to the interior, so as to raise the lamps by a pulley to the required height.”
This small photo shows the exterior of the top part of the Lanterne in the village of Rancon:
However, Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week calls for unusual perspectives, so this is what you would see if you were small enough to get inside the base of the tower and look up towards the sky.
Posted on May 24, 2018
The rope twisted into a knot leads the eye in to this detail of a wooden dhow that I spotted in the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi city. The traditional boat is contrasted with the modern office blocks in the background.
Posted on April 13, 2018
The Pont Valentré, which bridges the river Lot in Cahors, dates from the fourteenth century, so certainly qualifies for Cee’s category this week of anything over 50 years old.
Then again, so do I….
The bridge’s four towers makes it visually appealing not only from a distance but also – unlike some – when you’re actually standing on it.
Posted on December 13, 2017
This image shows the stairwell of the bell-tower of the restored Abbaye de La Reau, in central France.
Posted on October 27, 2017
Posted on February 17, 2017
Posted on January 7, 2016
Four images that demonstrate the theme of perspective for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this week:
This detail of an old dhow drawn up on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi contrasts with the modern skyscrapers in the background.
Still in Abu Dhabi, this aircraft was flying over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque when I happened to be there.
The red and white striped windsock at the Blond airstrip is a striking image in itself, but so is the drone behind it.
From a photographic perspective you can debate whether it’s the baby or the cake that’s the subject of this picture, but there’s only one subject that my grandson was interested in on his first birthday.
Posted on November 26, 2015
There’s more than one way to look at a door, as this image illustrates. This is one of the massive doors of Chartres Cathedral – as seen by a mouse, perhaps.
As a free gift, here’s another door from Chartres, which I used in a recent post on Vertical Lines for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge.