Posted on September 3, 2021
This old stone staircase in the Bordeaux town of Saint-Emilion is rather grand, especially considering that it’s not in a stately home but rather an open-sided building housing a number of artisan workshops.
Posted on June 24, 2021
Cee’s Midweek Challenge this week requires us to show something with an ‘I’ in its name or, indeed, an eye.
This is an unusual perspective on the multi-storey stairwell of a small hotel in Paris. Fortunately there’s also a lift (or elevator, if you must).
Posted on April 29, 2021
For Cee’s midweek challenge she is looking for an image of something that either begins or ends with the letter ‘E’.
You may think that what you’re looking at here is a staircase (more specifically, one in the Abbaye de la Reau) and of course you would be quite correct. And it ends with an E. However, the French word for staircase is ‘escalier‘. Beginning or end, it’s your choice.
Posted on April 24, 2020
Posted on February 7, 2020
I’ve been intrigued by this building ever since I first saw it over ten years ago. It is just outside the boundary of a shopping centre on the outskirts of Limoges.
I have no idea what it is, but the combination of shapes – including a spiral staircase – certainly fits the bill for Cee’s Black & White theme this week of ‘Geometry’.
Posted on October 19, 2018
This is a view of the staircase that was in our house just after we bought it. Originally, it was boxed in, which made the room – which is north-facing – even darker. However, Madame (with no little relish, it must be said) took a jemmy to it and exposed the original. It had to go however, as it was dangerously rickety.
Nonetheless it is a set of steps to meet this week’s challenge theme and, particularly in monochrome, the strong diagonals make for an interesting image.
Posted on September 29, 2018
Viewed from the ground floor, this staircase – in an old hotel in Paris – becomes an abstract composition of circles and curves.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves
Posted on February 23, 2018
This ancient and very worn staircase can be found on the Pont Valentre in the town of Cahors, in southern France.
Amazingly, worn as it is and with no handrail, it is not roped off in any way to prevent public access. It would take a brave or foolhardy soul to climb it, though, however impressive the views over the River Lot might be from the top.
Posted on January 26, 2018
While visiting the restored medieval abbey of Noirlac last year, I was struck by this almost abstract composition of a curving staircase and austere stone walls. Another homage to M C Escher and suitable for Cee’s Black & White subject of ‘Walls’ this week.
Posted on December 13, 2017
This image shows the stairwell of the bell-tower of the restored Abbaye de La Reau, in central France.