Towers

St Mary’s Church, Reculver, England. Also known as the Reculver towers, is the all that remains of St. Mary’s which was demolished with gunpowder in 1809 after year of disuse. Described on Wikipedia as described as “an act of vandalism for which there can be few parallels even in the blackest records of the nineteenth century”
This location has been photographed so many times, I think it would be impossible to count the images taken. On the day I was there, I observed three other people where taking pictures of the church.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, and a yellow B&W filter.

Sacred

I noted last weekend that both Fishyfish arcade and Natalie Smart had both posted cemetery images as I had been shooting the same subject that day… How strange I thought.

Fishy did suggest “It’s the prophecy. It’s finally coming to pass!” maybe he’s right, we’re all doomed.

Anyway, shot at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Borden, England. Some lovely old gravestones at this church cemetery, some are very weathered. This particular one is leaning around 30 degrees and so made the image easier to compose with the light and background.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2 with the Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on AGFA Vista 200 film, which I have now change to black and white. I wasn’t happy with the colour version and feel the monochrome has more impact.

 

Church yard

This is the church yard of Saint Germain de Montgommery, near Vimoutiers, France.
For me, an Englishman visiting France for the first time, since my childhood you notice things in later life that you’d never looked at in your misspent youth. The headstones very different to those in the cemeteries in the Britain which all stone, many are of metal construction and that many are damaged from the conflict of 1944. I noticed this one has an inscription which seems to be a very English name for this lady.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 taken Kodak Tri-X film with a yellow B&W filter. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes.

Bending Light

Taken at the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, France. Shot from the front of the building at the side entrance steps at the Basilica building.

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I was intrigued by the zig zag pattern shadows across the stone steps. I just waited for someone to come down, some nuns appeared at the top, brilliant I thought, they saw me with camera and proceeded to walk down the other side! Eventually, after waiting for someone to walk down the right way this lady appeared walking slowly down the steps to finish the picture for me.

Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film and developed in Ilford ID11 developer.