Rugged Wrecks

Reims and its cathedral has already qualified for a post on my blog. So has one of the images. But much as the architecture, the stained glass, the stone carving of these mediaeval cathedrals inspires awe, I just as much enjoy inspecting what the stonemasons got up to often in more hidden areas. Instead of saints, characters from the bible, earthly donors who needed their memorial, those masons seem to have relished chipping away to celebrate the more characterful inhabitants of the planet. And such statues often get more weather-beaten than most. Stacked on pallets and away from public view, I found this little lot hidden in an outside corner, awaiting a spot of restoration. They made my day.

For Bren’s Mid-Week Monochrome #126

My header photo is by Pascal Bernardon via Unsplash

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

30 thoughts on “Rugged Wrecks”

  1. What a fantastic find, and perfect for some back and white photography – it really emphasises the texture of those worn stones and the contrasts of light and shadow on the faces.

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      1. Shall I tell you a secret, Sarah? I entered the every-6-weeks-photography-competition at my new camera club. The subject was b/w, following the talk we’d had. And … I WON! Utterly dumbfounded.

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  2. This must be a trait of stonemasons. I recently discovered that when St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral in Melbourne needed some gargoyles repaired the obviously left leaning stone mason crafted an ugly gargoyle of the then right wing State Premier. It seems that his joke backfired as it’s become something of public interest.

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