Experimenting with light

Studio Photography

Today’s theme is experimental and nice Krista let us choose what we wanted so I went for an experiment of mine at the former St Vincent de Paul hospital (aka “grands voisins” until it disappears next Summer; sigh…) In the basement of one of the former hospital buildings there used to be a surgical block. Christopher, a rather nice and excentric American guy, was our host. He is the fourth eye of the “4ème oeil” photo artists foursome. He is the one stepping on the roll of paper. Behind him was Christophe, a — no less excentric — French photographer who had hired the studio too. I had decided to go there to experiment with portraits. I have neither enough space nor kit to do that at my office.

Studio Photography

The entrance to the “studio”. I hope they keep this with the new buildings, it’s nice to be able to hire the place for a shooting.

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Temporary Post

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All we do and build in this world is temporary. We don’t look at it this way and yet, with hindsight, once we are dead and buried, who will remember us and what we’ve done. What will become of this website and the 2,000+ blog posts which I have written, not to mention the thousands of pieces written for clients and other blogs and sites. Even our books… And our houses, one day, will end up like this one, possibly a stately mansion at the beginning of the twentieth century, yet it’s crumbling to dust now.


Castles too are temporary. All is transient.


What will become of our beautiful Roman churches and chapels in the Pyrenees now that nobody goes to mass. Let’s look at all this beauty now for there are no guarantees they will still be there in a few years.

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Leaves too are temporary, but like the magnificent 18th century chateau du Landel in Normandy, some things remain, or at least are a little bit less temporary than others.

A Peek At The Tower


In the 1900s (1888-1902), a famous engraver and artist, Henri Rivière, published 36 block-printed monochrome views of the Eiffel Tower. They were carried out in the Japanese fashion, with woodblocks and limited colouring. He signed his name in the manner of Japanese engravers like Hiroshige or Hokusai. After a few prints, the blocks had to be thrown away. He would position himself in various places of the Capital City and take a peek at the Eiffel Tower from the most improbable places. The Tower would then become central to his sketches, even though it was sometimes hidden. I am an admirer of Riviere’s work, and I have my eyes set on one of his engravings of my beautiful native Brittany. As such, I often try and mimic his work as here above from the Arch of Triumph (You have to walk around to the other side to be able to get this view) Continue reading “A Peek At The Tower”

Roundup of Rounded Shapes

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Rounded” is today’s theme for the Friday challenge. Rounded like the curves of these traditional Provençal boats near Toulon.


Or this rounded pathway through “Rue des Thermopyles” in Paris’ 14th district.


Last but not least, a collection of curves in Vierzon.



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Joan of Arc glows in the dark opposite the magnificent Regina Hotel in Paris. 


Above the Alexander III bridge. Pierre Granet’s Prestige in Battle glows in the mid July sun.


A glow in the dark installation by our neighbours’ group ‘noctambules’ (night-birds) in the Pyrenees. 


The sun glows through the beautiful 1960s glasswork of the St Jean Bosco chapel in Toulon.


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To picture today’s “scale” theme, if Erica hadn’t suggested it, I would have chosen mountains anyway. They are so huge and beautiful, no need to comment. Enjoy!

[All shot in 2017 in the Ariège]






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Being a pedestrian here in Europe isn’t anything worth writing a long story about. It’s quite normal in fact, we are keen on using our legs and walking here. Mainly in a big City. Before I became gluten intolerant, I used to roam the streets in search of fresh bread (not a long quest in Paris) but obviously, nowadays it’s a lot less exciting in that respect. The photo above was shot in Versailles on a rainy Sunday morning.

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Sometimes, pedestrians are Smombies in search of a collision.

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Amazing how some pedestrians manage to feel completely relaxed in the midst of urban chaos.

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Here there’s a pedestrian crossing but precious few pedestrians. Who would want to walk there, honestly.


Pedestrians in a station (Gare de Lyon in this instance).

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