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Abbaye de Jumièges

This was my first time standing in a cathedral, without a roof. It’s an interesting experience, when standing in an old cathedral with grass on the ground and a blue sky above, instead of the gothic roof. Groups of birds were flying through the broken windows and the absent roof. A strang feeling, but it redminds me to certain ideas of the medieval ages, when francican monks preached of this picture to illustrate, that wealth is not important for god and a simple life would be proper for everyone. (Have you ever seen the Continue reading “Abbaye de Jumièges”

art, culture, technic, technical

Taking photographs in the old way …

… on analog film.

A fellow blogger wrote a post on this topic: 7 reasons to return to film photography

I stumbled over that post by change. Most of his reasons are reasonable, but there are others he didn’t set in the perspective.

I started photography in the early 1980s (OK, I got my first camera during the 1970s, but here I mean a more serious kind of photography). So I took photographs on film for approximately more than 25 year. Over the years you get plenty of dia slides and negatives. You have to catalog them and store them. You have to take care for a storage, suitable for them (not too hot, not too cold, no humidity, dark, keep them plan). Nearly the same is true for the prints.

I developed my black-and-whites myself. You need a  bunch of chemicals, that need special care after usage. The same is true for the color processes (more complicated, expensive and pollutive). Don’t mention the laboratory equipment. If you’re really interested in the old chemical processes, try taking a class at a school or try to get an internship at a photographer who still uses that old way.

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left and right of the street …

… you can find quite interesting buildings.

Glamorous chateaus, nice farms, government houses, school buildings or even interesting ruins.

If you love such buildings, go and walk with your eyes open through the countryside.

But respect the owners privacy. Not every property is open for the public. When the gate is closed stay outside. On the other hand, try to contact the owner and ask for permission. Some houses are open for the public on Continue reading “left and right of the street …”

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Gargoyles II

Here are the promised gargoyles I found at Notre Dame de Paris.

There are certainly much more and even quite different ones on top of the cathedral. Unfortunately I wasn’t on top of the cathedral, but I definitely want to go to when in Paris for the next time.

Over the time the gargoyles were attacked by the rain water and so some of the decorations got victims of erosion ( I mentioned in my previos post, that they were attached to prevent the stone from being eroded by the rain water, as you can see easyly on the attached photos). But over the last 150 years, when Continue reading “Gargoyles II”

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can be found at many churches, abbeys and old government buildings.

These imaginative figurines are made of stone and usually have a pipe ending with a spout in their mouth to spit water to the ground. The architects designed them to prevent the walls from being eroded by the rainwater running down the walls and thus minimizing the influence of the rainstorms. The length of the gargoyle determines, how far the water is spit from the wall.

In ancient times figurines

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Over the river

I already wrote about the Wuppertal Schwebebahn in the past, i.e. here. So I don’t write much about it again.

Today I was in the suspension railway with some guests from France. The familiy of our french guest student is here for a four day visit. Most of the track is following the river Wupper, but from Sonnborn, near the Zoo and the stadium, the track leaves the river an followning the streets to the main depot in Vohwinkel.

It’s always an interesting experience sitting in the wagons and looking through the windows Continue reading “Over the river”

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At the seaside

When visiting a coast, regarless if at the ocaen or at a lake, I expect to see fishing boats. Here my expectations were fulfilled. Fishermen usually work at night, I was told long ago. So you can find their boats laying at the beach during the day.   Continue reading “At the seaside”

flowers, landscape, photography, travel

spring flowers

It’s spring. And during spring you find many plants blooming. That’s also true for the Normandie. Some plants are blooming for weeks others only for days, and some of them are blooming only under certain circumstances like the wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa). Continue reading “spring flowers”

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Visiting Honfleur

Honfleur is a smal city south of Le Havre. It’s a quite old city. So you find old crooked houses and narrow alleys. All around a nice harbour. Many of the houses are in good shape because of good care and restaurations. You can feel, that many artists (painters) are working  here.

There areat least two interesting parts of the city divided by the remaining parts of a stronghold, Continue reading “Visiting Honfleur”

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Saint Joseph in Le Havre

The tower of the church is high and overshines the ordinary buildings. When I saw it for the first time from a distance, I asked myself, what kind of building it might be, although it seemed dull to me.

When coming closer I noticed, that it is a church, build in the same style as the surrounding business and appartment  buildings.  Do you remember my last post on the city of Le Havre? Continue reading “Saint Joseph in Le Havre”