The Mosque Cathedral for Monochrome Madness Week 47

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain 

Last week I showed you the Mosque Cathedral, here is a view from the Mosque area into the Cathedral. While the Mosque is lite with small lights in the traditional candle holder hanging from the ceiling the Cathedral is lite by large windows in the dome. You can see the dramatic difference.

There is a man standing near the left side of the frame, his presence gives a sense of size. He is difficult to see with the lighting, and of course this size of image; his feet planted flatly on the ground, but his head is tilted up as he is looking towards the arches and the ceiling, trust me when I say there is a look of awe on his face. The mix of architecture, the size, the detail in the paintings and carvings, and the fact that some of this has been around for at least a 1000 years is impressive, even daunting. Impossible to show in a single image, and for me impossible to describe in a few short sentences. If you get a chance you should visit the Mosque Cathedral for yourself.

I have submitted the image for Monochrome Madness, a weekly blog post by Leanne Cole, she is up to Week 47. Forty-seven continuous weeks on monochrome images submitted by various photographers around the world. For me it keeps me thinking and processing, at least, some images in black and white. Hop on over to her blog to see more black and white images.

The Mosque Cathedral of Cordoba

the Mosque Cathedral Cordoba

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain; copyright jmeyersforemaan 2015

We took a short train ride to Cordoba on Monday to see the Mosque Cathedral, considered to be one of the accomplished monuments of Moorish Architecture in the Western World. It began as a Visigoth Basilica in the 6th century, became an Islamic Mosque in the 7th century, and remained so until the 1236 when it was reconsecrated as a Catholic Cathedral.

During it’s history each addition and modification added to the already excisting architecture, it is amazing to see the old moorish arches mixed with the cathedral dome and vaulted ceiling, with the light of the stain glass windowns colouring the marble floor and colums. It is quite stunning and impossible to put all of that into one photo.


Reflection: Old in New

Reflection; Old in New Architecture; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015

Reflection; Old in New; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015  

so many places we have travelled to this last few month have had a wonderful combination of old and new architecture. I love to find the reflection of the old stone buildings in the windows of the new glass and steel structures that are sitting near by. I find the reflections make wonderful abstract images.

I have submitted this image to Leanne Cole’s blog, her first Monochrome Madness of 2015. Preparing a blog post each week for this forum  will be one of my goals for the year. I have found that participating the the forum I have become more mindful of the images that might be better suited to monochrome processing rather than colour. I have also learned several different ways to process an image, every software that is used to process images will have at least one way to change an image from colour to black and white. It is all about experimenting with the tools you have.

For more inspirational monochrome images head on over to Leanne’s Blog if the weekly Monochrome Madness isn’t up yet it will be soon.

I’ve painted the Eiffel Tower!

I've painted the Eiffel Tower; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

I’ve painted the Eiffel Tower; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

If you have visited the Eiffel Tower you know that the lights on it are incandescent yellow with the occasional display of white twinkle lights that sparkle. Thousands of tourist gather around the base, and along the streets and river to watch and take photos. The Eiffel tower is iconic architecture at it’s best.

I wanted to try something a little different, and provide you with something you haven’t seen before! Using Photoshop I applied a silver-grey grunge texture, with the blend mode set to Hue and 100% opacity these beautiful blue, green, and purple spots appear over the Eiffel tower as if it has been painted.

I think we should petition the French government to have it painted in neon glow in the dark colours so it looks like this! What do you think, do you like my painted Eiffel Tower?

Notre Dame, Paris France

Notre Dame Paris France; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Notre Dame Paris France; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

While we were in Paris we visited the Centre George Pompidou,the largest museum for modern art in Europe.  Aside from a very interesting works of art you can also see lovely views of Paris. While we were looking out at the city the clouds parted and lite up the Notre Dame. The Notre Dame is considered on of the greatest examples of French Gothic Architecture in Europe, and a mecca for tourist visiting Paris.

Notre Dame, French for “Our Lady of Paris” could not look more magnificent than she did that afternoon, basking in the warm afternoon sunlight.

St. Charles Bridge, Prague at Sunrise

St. Charles Bridge, Prague Hungary at sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Charles Bridge, Prague Hungary at sunrise; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

We haven’t been getting up for sunrise very often lately, we wanted to see Charles Bridge in the early morning before it was filled with people. Sunday and there was at least a dozen photographers with tripods, and another dozen or so people walking around with cameras at 6 am! It was cloudy so there wasn’t much of a sunrise, but it was worth getting up early because by 7 am there bridge was starting to get busy, by then we were ready for our morning coffee and croissant.

Budapest Train Station

Budapest Train Station; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Budapest-Keleti Train Station; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

I love the old European train stations, many of the old stations built with high roofs and glass tops, architectural lines leading your eye to the distant doors. The Keleti station was built between 1881 and 1814 and is international train station for the city.

Venice; Art and Architecture, even the Pigeons add to the Ornamentation

Venice_Lamp Post in St. Mark's Square; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

Venice_Lamp Post in St. Mark’s Square; copyright jmeyersforeman 2014  

While we are visiting Vienna, my heart, and work remains in Venice, what can I say other than I love the city. A place where everywhere you look there is beauty, even the pigeons seem to be part of filigree, adding extra ornamentation to the lamp posts!

We are off to visit the Belvedere Place and Museum in Vienna, and I hope to have images of Vienna for you soon!

Bologna Italy; abstract lines in the Piazza

Abstract lines Architecture and Public Spaces in Bologna Italy; copyrigh jmeyersforeman

Abstract lines Architecture and Public Spaces in Bologna Italy; copyrigh jmeyersforeman


Abstract lines Architecture and Public Spaces in Bologna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 

We have been walking our feet off in Florence Italy, while I have been taking a lot of photos, I have not really had time to process any of them, so here is one more look at Bologna, and one of the great public spaces we walked through. It is a great use of lines, but I can’t decided if I like the horizontal or the vertical image better. Maybe I don’t need to choose, how about you which one do you like?

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Ravenna Italy; Art and Architecture

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforeman

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforeman

We took a short train ride from Bologna to visit Ravenna, during our day we managed to see 4 of the 8 UNESCO designated sites in the city. Pictured above is the Basilica Di S. Vitale, described in our guidebook as “The most glorious example of Byzantine art int he West”  Instead of the traditional three naves of Gothic architecture it is octagonal in shape with a central dome supported by eight columns and arches.

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforem

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforem

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforem

Basilica Di S. Vitale; copyright jmeyersforem

Not far from there the Neonian Baptistery, the oldest of Ravenna’s ancient monuments, while it is a simple octagonal building, built with the short flat brick a traditional feature of the architecture in Northern Italy. The mosaic art were made in mid 5th century.

In the cupola of the Neonian Bapistery, the Mosaic "Crhistening of Jesus

In the cupola of the Neonian Bapistery, the Mosaic “Christening of Jesus

A closer view of the centre art piece

In the cupola of the Neonian Bapistery, the Mosaic "Crhistening of Jesus

In the cupola of the Neonian Bapistery, the Mosaic “Christening of Jesus 

We also went to see the Basilica Saint Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna Italy, first built-in the mid 5th century, the interior has been modified several times. The ceiling was last modified in the 17th century.

Basilica Saint Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica Saint Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna Italy; copyright jmeyersforeman 

some of the detailed mosaic work of the Basilica Saint Apollinaire Nuovo.


The Magi_Basilica of S. Apollinairs Nuovo

The Magi_Basilica of S. Apollinairs Nuovo 

The mosaics are frescos are amazing, the photos hardly do them justice! We only had one day in Ravenna, it would be quite easy to spend 3 or 4 days enjoying the art and architecture, as well as the cafes and street life.

Now we are off to Florence for a few days!