Ghostly Traces

It’s ‘Traces of the past’, for Paula’s Black and White Sunday. This week she says that we don’t have to have buildings or architecture inn our photos, the past can have many forms. So I found some ghosts, and yes I’m more than a little crazy!


Pop over to Paula’s to see her wonderful photo of Bamburgh Castle.

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Black and white Sunday

My first black and white Sunday for a while, and this week Paula’s chosen ‘after before’. She’d like to see the same photo, before and after it’s converted to monochrome. When flying out of Pisa last year, we made a brief stop at the Piazza dei Miracoli, to see the famous leaning tower.

I wasn’t expecting to see a fallen angel, but there on the grass broken  and forlorn, lay the Angelo Caduto by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj.

Does he look better in colour?

I don’t think so, the people ignoring him as they walk on by are distracting. Apparently Pisa is a temporary home, he may have flown on by now.

Traces of the past

For what seems like forever there’s been scaffolding around the tower of St Mary Steps church in Exeter, and it’s finally been removed to reveal the restored clock. The church is 12th century and sited near where there was once the old West Gate to the city.You may have seen the photo of the clock yesterday, but todays post is for Paula who is sharing the very grand Rosslyn chapel in Scotland for her Black and White Sunday Challenge.

Black and White Sunday, after before

Paula’s black and white Sunday challenge is an opportunity to play with photos and find out what works in black and white, and what doesn’t. Paula’s image of a leaf has bold shapes and strong contrasts so it’s a perfect example, mine has good shapes but perhaps less contrasts, what do you think?

And here’s before,

I liked this shop because of the simple, striking display and also my initial was on the door handle!

Black and White Sunday, Structure

Paula continues her Black and White Sunday this week with the theme of ‘Structure’. I took this photo a few weeks ago, when I was showing my friend some of the historic sites in Exeter. This building dating from the early 15th century, was once the Merchant’s House, but is now commonly known as the House that Moved.

There’s an excellent article here, written by the very knowledgeable local historian, David Cornforth, that explains the name. On the right hand side of the page is another link, to a short film from the BBC archives, a great piece of history that would throw today’s health and safety officers into a real panic.

Hope and Renewal

Last year my city hit the national news when fire destroyed the Royal Clarence, the oldest hotel in the country. Now, seven months later work is taking place to make it safe and to protect the salvageable elements. The long term plan is a sensitive rebuild.

Hope and Renewal is a sculpture created from some of the burnt timber from the fire.

This charred wood can be traced way back to the 15th century and is my entry for Paula’s Black and White Sunday.

Black and White Sunday

The them for Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is ‘through’. The possibilities are endless aren’t they? I love taking photos through garden gates and out of windows, but the view also has to work in monochrome. Hence, I’ve chosen a building, not any old building but Chichester cathedral.

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So there we are, a view through the cloisters, up through the vaults, through a pretty gate and through from outside to in.