L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance

The 12th century L’Eglise Romane St Martin dominates not only the small village of Plaisance in Aveyron but the surrounding valleys. No matter from where you approach the village, it seems, there is the squat Norman tower atop its hillside, holding dominion.

We visited on a bright, sunny day – blue skies, green hillsides – but it was the brute, stark power of the building, the brooding severity of its Catholicism, the way the church and the church graveyard seemed to hold sway over both the dead and the living that captured my imagination and led to these photographs. In black and white, of course.

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6 responses to “L’Eglise Romane St Martin at Plaisance”

  1. Beautiful church. I quite like the Roman-style architecture for its simple lines. Nice pics.

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    1. Thank you – appreciate your feedback. It is rather a lovely little church, in a beautiful and quite remote corner of France….

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  2. I do so enjoy your approach to photography when you travel. Your eye for subject matter gets beyond the superficial, touristy images. As a result, yours convey a positive sense of who you are.

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    1. Well thanks, Mark, that is a very generous comment. Much appreciated 🙂

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  3. Dominance is true – brutally true if history is to be believed… little comfort for sinners and well-behaved alike! Thanks for great pics.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. This is very much what I was trying to show, in the black-and-white images – a sense of brooding severity. Appreciate your comment.

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