Last Sunday, with the family all together for Easter, we visited the fabulous overhanging gardens at Marqueyssac. Listed as a national monument, the park is situated along the top of a spur that projects out into the Dordogne valley. An impressive arrangement of shapely boxwood plants around gravel paths, the gardens effectively overhang the cliffs to the valley below and offer visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and châteaux. All this makes it a superb location for photography. Continue reading Easter Sunday at Marqueyssac
I’ve been reading a lot recently about how the interplay between light and shadow in a photo serves to increase the visual interest of an image. In summary, on top of perspective, shadow helps the brain to sense depth in a two dimensional image. Therefore the key to creating compelling images is to ensure that they contain a good balance of light and shadow. Continue reading Morning Sunlight at Daglan
Like most of France this week, the Dordogne was covered in a thick blanket of snow yesterday. The snow fell constantly for over eight hours on our corner of the region, the Périgord Noir, and managed to turn the already fairy-tale landscape into a winter wonderland. Continue reading Wintry pictures of the Périgord Noir
Bonne année 2013!
As for many others I’m sure, there is a firm resolution in our household to exercise more in 2013. So far so good as we managed to head out for a walk last Saturady morning for approximately an hour following a circular route around the neighbourhood. Continue reading Around the house
Construction is one of few major economic activities in the Dordogne and as many buildings are built from locally sourced stone, it is no surprise that there is an almost constant demand for a skilled stonemason (perhaps I should work on developing those skills instead of my photography?). Continue reading The art of the stonemason