Cathedral St Pierre

I thought I had been to Vannes before but when we arrived I didn’t recognise any of it – I am not sure what that might indicate.  For certain, I have never entered Cathedral St Pierre before which is unusual; I am always attracted to the grand churches and cathedrals of Europe. This is not based on any inherent religiosity but because they offer sanctuary, although probably not of the sort intended.  I like their cool shadows, the bible-black silence and there is always something of interest – none are the same. Most of all they are an escape from shoe shops, leather goods and all those places that appeal to the beloved, a girl born to shop.

The Fuji X100s sees in the dark and therefore avoids use of an intrusive flash (and the resulting harsh shadows) – all of the the indoor images were shot at ISO 6400.

The doors Reflections Table and text Looking to the light

(click on the images to enlarge)


  1. kirkistan · May 15, 2014

    Terrific lighting! Great shots.

  2. restlessjo · May 15, 2014

    Those sideways shots never work when I do them! 😦 Love that reflective one.
    Good trip, Robin? Bible black- I like that!

    • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014

      Many thanks Jo – that reflection is all Photoshop and Bible-black is courtesy of Dylan Thomas – I’m a bit of a fraud 😉

      • restlessjo · May 16, 2014

        Ah, but lovable 🙂 You do put up with your wife’s shopping habit.

      • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014


  3. harrienijland · May 15, 2014

    Beautiful set!

  4. LaVagabonde · May 15, 2014

    Really beautiful. That second shot…wow!

    • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014

      Many thanks Julie – that second shot is a bit of a cheat – the image is repeated, vertically flipped and then treated with a surface blur. All down to Photoshop 🙄

  5. patrick · May 15, 2014

    Pretty sure we were in Vannes in 1987. No idea why I remember that. It rained a lot, if memory serves.

    • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014

      I get confused between the trips to the gites and the Eurocamp. Vannes and rain does ring bells though. We drove through Penestin the other day which seemed eerily familiar – was that close to the Eurocamp site?

      • patrick · May 18, 2014

        Penestin sounds familiar – and I think it was from the Eurocamp trip – but I can’t say I remember anything much about it as a place

  6. greenmackenzie · May 15, 2014

    What lovely sanctuary images…especially the second one.
    I’m totally with you on needing to get away from shops, especially shops for tourists…..I just don’t have the shopping gene!

    • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014

      Ah, the dreaded tourist shops, fortunately even the beloved keeps clear of them 🙂 I have a theory that 90% of the stuff comes in on container ships from China which then return home full of recycling and rubbish for landfill. What glorious symmetry :/

  7. Cate Franklyn · May 16, 2014

    Wow, what clarity!

    • northumbrianlight · May 16, 2014

      Many thanks Cate, it is a really astonishing camera – have a look at the online reviews – generally considered better than the equivalent Leica.

  8. bentehaarstad · May 20, 2014

    Very good photos from the cathedral. The light is magical.

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