Black and White weekly photo challenge : Windows (and doors)

Spotted in the entrance to The Station, Richmond

An interesting view of windows and doors in The Station, Richmond.

You could be forgiven for thinking that I’m still participating in Sonel’s Abstract black and white photo challenge with the above shot, but you would be wrong.  One of many things I have gained from the challenges is the desire to look at things a little differently, and to experiment now and then.  No-one encourages this more than Sonel, and she very much enjoys to “play” with her photography and create wonderful effects.

Sonel gave us permission to post this week, although the challenge is sadly concluding.  You probably know I’m partial to windows (and doors) so I’m happy to contribute one last time.

A quirky window in Durham

A whimsical window in Durham

Trompe l'oeuil windows in a favourite Durham restaurant

Trompe l’oeuil windows in a favourite Durham restaurant

Spag B & W 2It was our 24th wedding anniversary yesterday and, in addition to receiving 24 red roses, I was taken to a favourite Italian restaurant in Durham, “La Spaghettata”.  The trompe l’oeuil panels always capture my attention, and I thought you might like them in black and white.

Colour will always be my first love, but I have enjoyed my flirtation with black and white.  I hope you have too.

Sonel, I don’t care whether you show me your delightful Vervet monkeys in black and white or in gentle colour.  All that matters is that you continue to share your enormous talents with us, as, and when, you can.  On behalf of all of us who have taken part in your Black and White photo challenge, thank you.

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65 comments

    1. Thanks, Sam. We had a lovely day overall because we were out with the walkers on the morning, then my roses arrived, then Durham. It’s an inexpensive studenty restaurant we’ve been going to for years. 🙂

    1. It’s amazing what you find when you look, Scott, isn’t it? The camera is like a third eye. I seem to see things I wouldn’t notice otherwise. Thank you so much 🙂

  1. Those terrific trompe l’oeuil panels must create the perfect mood for an anniversary celebration. Wish you both many such wonderful days together Jo!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you both dear Johanna, Blessing and Happiness always… This Durham restaurant fascinated me and especially in B&W… Thank you, love, nia

    1. Many thanks, Nia 🙂 It’s upstairs in a lovely old building and almost all of the walls are painted with this effect. It’s been like that for many years and I still never get tired of seeing it.

    1. Funny how having a camera in your hand makes you more observant, Meredith. I must have passed those funny little windows in the passage at the old station before, but I don’t recall seeing them 🙂 Many thanks.

    1. It was a great day, Eunice 🙂 We were out on a walk with our group on the morning. When I got home the roses arrived 🙂 then we went to Durham in the evening and I wandered taking sunset photos after supper. (that part drives him a little crazy, but he was tolerant this time 🙂 ) Thanks, hon.

      1. LOL

        Sound like a PERFECT DAY Enjoy your beautiful Roses. Your husband too.

        It is good to drive our mates a little crazy now and then I have gotten mine seeing the world as I do so now he comes home and says “You should have come with me the Sunrise was awesome!” I am glad he has taken in what I see and now takes time to be aware of what we should all see. I have so many sunrise shots I used to think it was silly to take another now I see them as our gifts. A beautiful way to start our day and a sunset is the perfect way to find peace as we settle in to rest for the night.
        We are blessed, as in all the ugliness seems to go away when I watch the day arrive and end a reminder we made it.

    1. Thanks, Jackie 🙂 It’s a very strange window feature in the passage of the old station, and I just noticed it the last time I was there. Funny how much more observant you become with a camera in your hands.

  3. I am sad that Sonel is not hosting the challenge anymore. It wsa such fun and I was just getting started. But I’m sure keeping up with these challenges has got to be tough/time consuming/crazy.
    Your b&w post looks a little mystical and magical. I like it! Nice work, Jo, and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

    1. I was going for a wistful look, Gem, but mystical’s good. I just read the most fantastic mystical book- Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”. I know you have LOTS of spare time to read 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Congrats on the anniversary Jo and may there be many, many more happy and love-filled years hon. What a lovely tribute and I was thinking of you mostly when I thought of the theme because I know how much your love windows and doors, so I am very glad you took part in this last challenge. Thank you as well for the lovely words and I do hope I will see more of your beautiful black and whites too. They are beautiful. 😀 *big hugs*

    1. It was going to be an anniversary post, complete with red roses (he pushed the boat out- it’s usually daisies 🙂 ) but the windows won, Sonel. I love them in black and white, and I’m glad you do too. Now it’s time to relax a bit- put your feet up and take your foot off the pedal. (after you’ve fed the monkeys and taken Simba for a walk, of course 🙂 ) Thank you!

  5. Happy belated Anniversary, Jo. Sounds like a beautiful restaurant whether you present it in color or black and white. I like the one with the table. Those glasses will soon be filled.

    1. I was planning to do an anniversary post, Cathy, and use the trompe l’oeuil colour shots, but when I found out tonight that Sonel is discontinuing this challenge I couldn’t resist a “farewell” tribute. I’m surprised how well they work in B & W.
      I took some foodie shots too but they were hopeless, so I’ll just say strozza preti with spinach, chicken and cream and leave it to your imagination 🙂 Thanks, hon!

      1. Oh! That sounds good: strozza pizza (not sure what strozza is but it sounds exotic) with spinach, chicken and cream (yum!)… I’m getting hungry just reading about it. I’m glad you had a wonderful anniversary. 🙂 By the way, I mailed the Lisbon book last Friday, the 9th. Hopefully it will get there in a week or two.

  6. Congratulations on your 24 years Jo. I love that first photo of the restaurant. It is really atmospheric- the reflection of the light and the empty table.

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