Kalk Bay Fishing Harbour

Interviewer: You were going to talk about working in black-and-white. But these images are in colour. Me: How perceptive of you! Some images will work both in colour and in black-and-white, and some insist on being processed and shown in one or the other. These photographs would have worked ok in B&W I think, but…

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Fraumunster and Grossmunster in Black-and-White

These half-dozen black-and-white images are of the Fraumunster and Grossm√ľnster in Zurich, together with a view of the Altstadt from the Lake. I hope you enjoy them, along with my earlier posts from Zurich.

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Zurich Altstadt – Signs and Figures

Zurich Altstadt: Signs & Figures. I suppose you can’t really ‘get’ the soul of a city, a spirit of place, from a (literally) flying visit, a one-day random perambulation through streets and squares, along the river and over its bridges, beside its churches and fountains – and yet, as I mentioned in my first post…

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Zurich fountains – three more images

As promised in yesterday’s post, here are three more images of fountains in Zurich’s Altstadt. You will see that I have done one more in black and white, but with a harder edge to it than yesterday’s more ethereal image. The other images insisted on being done in colour – in the one case, as…

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Cava and tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel

Cava and tapas at the Mercado de San Miguel – could there be a more perfect way to celebrate the end of a fabulous trip to Spain than in Madrid, a stone’s throw away from the Plaza Mayor, washing down olives and shrimp and delicacies galore with some fine pink fizz? Two weeks on the…

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Night, Puente Romano, with La Mezquita in the background

Two weeks’ discovery of Spain – first Madrid, then Sevilla, Ronda, Granada, ends in Cordoba, in some ways the most subtly engaging place of them all – and the few days in Cordoba end, in turn, as they should, with the warm stone of the Puente Romano under our feet, moonlight over the Guadalquivir River,…

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Night, Cordoba

So what do you do on your last night in Cordoba? You wander the streets, of course, stopping off here for a drink, there for something to nibble on, all the while soaking in the light, the atmosphere, the sense of place. As the night winds down, you end up on the Puente Romano over…

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La Mezquita, Cordoba – a photographic portfolio

La Mezquita in Cordoba, I wrote in a recent post, is a Christian cathedral emerging from the ribs of a Moorish mosque – and it is precisely this amalgam and emergence, this blending and superceding, that I find so infinitely absorbing and rewarding, such fertile soil for the kind of historical imagining and understanding that…

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Circumnavigating La Mezquita in Cordoba

La Mezquita simply takes possession of old Cordoba: vast, sprawling, the Christian cathedral emerging from the ribs of the Moorish Mosque, its bulk and presence are unignorable. It’s a good idea to circumnavigate before you enter: wander the surrounding streets, catch glimpses of the spire from narrow alleyways or see it from up high, from…

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The palace gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba, Spain

The gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, in Cordoba, Spain – set within the medieval walls and towers of a palace that the Catholic monarch Alfonso XI built in the 15th century upon the site of Visigoth and Moorish forts – have that ‘Cordoba quality’ I mentioned in an earlier post: a sense…

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Cordoba Portfolio, in colour and monochrome

This portfolio of black and white images of Cordoba includes one image in colour – a quiet corner, two buildings intersecting, and a tree and its shadow intermingled. And then there is that splash of red, like blood…. I could have done it in monochrome, but suffused as it is with the afternoon light it…

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Cordoba, The Puente Romano

I think our first evening in Cordoba pretty much did it for us. We had driven up from Granada, in our hired baby Mercedes, taking a road less travelled through miles upon miles of hills and olive groves, and dropped off the car, and found our hotel – a still oasis in the soporific heat…

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