You’ve been framed – Friday Photo Challenge


Whatever the place, City or country, the “frame” topic is a recurring one. So I was spoilt with choice today when it came to posting my choice of picture for the Friday Photo Challenge. I started with a recent, and unusual, picture of Seattle’s Space Needle shot in mid August 2016. As we were in the queue for the “elevator” up to the top of the “Needle”, I caught a glimpse of the monument through a polka dot glass canopy. Lichtenstein style.


Last May, tourists and bathers were framed in Antibes, behind the ramparts.


In December 2015, St Paul’s was framed at the top of the Tate Modern building on the South Bank.


Last but not least, in May 2015, the “Alex” Turm was framed by these weird pink and purple pipes which are all over the City. For those who wouldn’t know, they are pumping water off the marshes on which Berlin was built and rejecting it into the Spree. I’m still puzzled by this piece of German engineering. Thank God they didn’t do that in Windsor or Versailles, I really wonder what the result would have been.

Rare Is the Challenge


Rare was last Friday’s challenge but I was so busy working trying to catch up for lost time that I forgot to post my weekly blog piece, so here it is is. We spent two weeks vacationing in the Pacific North West and all along I was searching for pictures of an old gas (petrol) station in that area. My aim was to adorn the slider panel of my Visionary Marketing website (my company). I found this one – a 1929 job – in Mount Rainier’s Longridge area. The station was used until the 1980s and then discontinued. Recently they decided to refurbish it and put it on display in its original location.


I had never seen such an old gas station. I was born in the 1960s and all these have long been understandably decommissioned.


That was a rare occasion and I didn’t miss it. Eventually, I ended up using another picture for my website, that of a gas tank seen on an old 1930s truck used to take tourists to Mount Rainier’s Paradise Inn.


Here’s the tank and below is the 1930s truck, beautifully refurbished.


In the end I was happy I was able to bring back these pictures for my Website, they really look much cooler than these standard stock images I can’t stand anymore.

Funny statues and lemur


This week’s challenge is “fun”. In fact I missed the past two ones as I was busy replenishing my photo album collection while touring the Pacific Northwest with the Wife. A few months ago we went with some friends in the Alps and we came across some very weird statues. The gentleman who creates them is a farmer and a sculptor. He sculpts them with a chain-saw, hence the funny eyes.


Most funny though was my friend Yves posing with one of these statues. I can’t tell which one of those two is the weirdest.


In May as we were in Cannes, I spotted that boat and then realised the this was a floating ice-cream van, I found it rather funny.


Lastly, an old picture of a lemur from Madagascar and their funny eyes. 

dourdan-DSC_0073They are even funnier in small groups of five or six.


They are funny but sometimes you can feel how sad they are even though they still look funny.

The Cherry On The Cathedral


I am a Breton, but my Mother’s family is from Picardy. Way up North. This area’s Capital town is Amiens (Pronounce Amyuuuuun – very nasally – yes I know you can’t do that. Too bad). Amiens’ gothic Cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful. It was completed in the thirteenth century. But this is not what’s most astonishing about this Cathedral. OK, it’s one of the tallest, but this is still not what makes it stand out. 



What really makes it special is that at the end of 1918, roughly a century ago, there wasn’t much of anything left standing for hundreds and hundreds of yards around the Cathedral.

And when the mayhem started again from 1940 till 1944, more destruction took place. But the Cathedral is still standing. And Lord is it beautiful. A lot better than Paris’ Notre Dame, but that’s me being partial of course (it’s way taller and bigger than Notre Dame). 

You can catch a glimpse of the result on the right-hand side (photo courtesy of a French blogger).

Knowing it’s still there after what happened, is a bit of a cherry on the cake in itself. 

In fact we nearly had no cake on which to put the cherry on, but we are grateful for those artillery men who were able to aim properly. 

Whoever they are.

When we last went there in Summer 2012, four years ago, we went to see the sound and light show. I had heard about it but never seen it. With special lights and projectors, the organisers are able to bring back all the colours that used to exist in the early days of the Cathedral. It’s hard to take pictures and realise how nice it is so you will have to buy a ticket and get there to find out. 


That was my cherry on top. The Cathedral is enough of a treat from an architectural and photographical viewpoint as it is. Knowing that we may have never seen it is even more of a treat. Having the colours on top really was the cherry on the cake. 


And cherries on cakes, for a gluten intolerant person like me don’t come very often for cakes, however good they may be, are just an old and fuzzy memory. At least, I can always have the cherry. Thanks to the nice people from the Daily Photo Challenge for their weekly suggestion.

1970s Beaugrenelle in Black and White


Beaugrenelle is this district in Paris South of the Eiffel Tower which was meant to be built like a mini Manhattan at a time when modernity was on the agenda. The result isn’t really there and the buildings are dreary and uninteresting for the most part. This one though is an exception. At least from a photography point of view. Here are a few shots in Black and White