Thursday Doors: Arras – Part 2

Arras town hall

Arras town hall

As promised from last week, here is another door from Arras for Norm’s Thursday Doors. This one is from the Town Hall, constructed during the sixteenth century and totally demolished during World War I. During the 1920s and 30s, the local residents carefully reconstructed their historic building “brick by brick”.

This picture has also featured in black and white for this weeks Monochrome Madness.

Some more images of the beautiful Arras Hotel de Ville.


Thursday Doors: Arras



Whilst on our family holiday this year, we had a few car troubles and ended up staying longer than expected in this town. What was intended to be an overnight stay turned into a three night mini-break! Seeing as we were stuck there, we decided to explore the local town, a very good decision as it turned out to be a surprising place full of beautiful, old buildings and despite the shops being closed there were still many bars and ice-cream places open😉

Arras has a long and interesting history, affected by both WW1 and WW2 and also suffering during the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It was once part of the Spanish Netherlands and you can see this from the town houses which surround the Grand’Place and the Place des HĂ©ros, they have a very Flemish look to them.

I managed to capture a few doors, but the buildings are the real stars, so here are a few pictures of the beautiful Arras townhouses.

I have a few more Thursday Doors from Arras, so I will be sharing these over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, go over to Norm 2.0 for more Thursday Doors.

One Photo Focus: August


As you may or may not know, Stacy Fischer from Visual Venturing hosts a monthly challenge, One Photo Focus. One person submits a photo and then everyone else gets to play around with it, the result being (hopefully) several very different versions of the same image.

This month’s image comes from Robin Kent at photographybykent a rather cool picture of the London Eye on the Thames.

Image courtesy of Robin Kent

I wonder what this would look like at night?

Well, here is my attempt to turn day into night using Photoshop. I guess there is a power cut or maybe its just that I’ve not yet worked out how to turn black windows into ones with lights on! Perhaps I’ll have to look into that, any suggestions?

Image courtesy of Robin Kent, edited by Katie Prior

You must go and see what everyone else has done with this picture at Stacy’s One Photo Focus, it’ll be interesting!

CFF: Stairs, Steps and Ladders

Steps or Stairs

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Stairs, Steps and Ladders.

Firstly I have to apologise for not being about for the last few weeks, things just got busy/stressful in “real life” and I’ve not really found the time to take/make/edit/post photos. And a big thanks to you all for visiting and commenting in my absence, I’ll be going to try and catch up with you soon, I’ve missed you🙂

Things will calm down soon and I’ll (hopefully) be back to posting regularly again.

Until then, have a lovely summer (or winter, depending on where you are!) and I’ll see you soon🙂

Monochrome Madness: High


Monochrome Madness, a weekly gallery of black and white images hosted by Australian photographer Leanne Cole. This months theme is High.


This is part of the very unusual “Bling Bling” building. Found on the cusp of Liverpool’s Ropewalk district and the Liverpool One development, it was commissioned by hairdresser Herbert Howe to be an emporium dedicated to the hairdressing industry. Its quite an impressive building, with projections coming out the sides looking like elaborate gold picture frames. One of these is in the picture above, you can walk in them, but to me it looks a little scary, I mean how does it stay there?

For more black and white images or if you want to know how to join in, please visit the Monochrome Madness gallery.