Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad — this week, share a shot that captures a contrast.

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I’ve been traipsing around Europe over the past few weeks. I am, as my long-suffering spouse can attest, that person who likes to visit every. Single. Church. I love the history, the nooks and crannies, the hidden secrets — and the range of ways humans design spaces that are meant to uplift and inspire.

While in Paris, I was captivated by l’église Saint-Eustache, a stunning gothic church that many visitors pass over in the rush to visit Notre Dame. On a late afternoon visit, I arrived as the low-hanging sun centered itself in one of the stained glass windows.

Stained glass window in Eglise St-Eustache, Paris (Michelle Weber).

“Sunlight in Eglise St-Eustache,” Michelle Weber.

The contrast between the window and the surrounding structure was so strong that it obliterated all the details, leaving only shafts of light piercing the stone walls. Although I’m not a person of faith, even I had to pause and allow my eyes to drift towards the heavens (or the ceiling, as the case may be). The photo doesn’t entirely capture the luminance of the moment, but is a lovely reminder for me.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.

Join me in navel-gazing, or show us something more everyday — your cat cuddled up with your dog, a red car in front of a yellow house, a figure silhouetted against a setting sun. Try a less literal take and snap a shot of the John Grisham and Shakespeare volumes sharing space on your bookshelf, or go totally figurative and share an image of a person you find full of contrasts.

We look forward to learning what says “contrast” to you!

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  1. Mine is rather strange, as I am not a photographer or a poet, and just posted both. But at least I think I’m mastering the ping back concept. Did I? Now if I could just stop pinging back myself. How pathetic. Great idea–I love your photo, btw. What a wonderful trip that must have been!


  2. Michelle, I am definitely going to give this a try but first I had to laugh when I read your husband’s reaction to visiting churches. We, too, just returned from a trip to France and one of the first things he said to me was, “I am done with looking at churches!” I love visiting them. We’ve been all over Italy and now parts of France and I always seek them out!


  3. Dear Mr.Presidenti i EBRD Sir Suma Chakrabarti ,

    Regarding the financial investment your company is doing for the bypass road segment Fier-Levan in south Albania, we, all the residents of the Shtyllas Village (during the communists e this was an area for detention camps, where a lot of Albanians were interned with the whole family), are complaining and reporting about the expropriation value of our estates, which is a ridiculous and very miserable price: EUR 2.00 per m², while the expropriation values in the nearby areas are higher (in Levan Village EUR 11.50 per m² and in Pojan Village EUR 6.50 per m²).

    This village, Shtyllas, is located between these other two villages, so why this big, unfair and corrupt difference?

    The Styllas case is different because it involves a corruptive affair. The deal is that an anonymous businessman will get the sideways parts of each roadside, on the 15th and on the 18th kilometer. Each of these parts has a surface of about 25,000 m². The purpose of this area is the construction of two huge car parks.

    We were informed that the decision for this corruptive affair was approved. We were threatened to keep silence and helplessly accept this robbery.

    Please Mr. Sir Suma Chakrabarti , I and all the other residents are asking for your help and attention to review the price of our properties. We are being disseized of our estates. We are not refusing to sell the estates, we are only asking for a fair and a legal evaluation.

    In the hope for a positive change the below mentioned residents of Shtyllas and me are giving you our sincere thanks.

    1-Agustin Miraka 26- Hamdi Xherahu
    2-Gaspër Miraka 27- Xhevair Xherahu
    3-Salvador Miraka 28- Ylivi Xherahu
    4-Saliko Baruti 29- Shkelqim Xherahu
    5-Muhamet Baruti 30- Defrim Xherahu
    6-Perparim Baruti 31- Zini Xherahu
    7-Bujar Baruti 32- Avni Bazelli
    8-Agim Manafi 33- Muhamet Bazelli
    9-Asim Manafi 34- Ruzhdi Bazelli
    10-Ibrahim Kapa 35- Albert Bazelli
    11-Kimet Kapa 36- Enver Zenelaku
    12- Sali Bazelli 37- Mergim Zenalaku
    13- Agron Pellumbi 38- Shaban Merolli
    14- Gezim Pellumbi 39- Ziqeri Merolli
    15- Sander Mihali 40- Medi Muçka
    16- Jani Mihali 41- Xhevdet Birçe
    17- Bilbil Driza 42- Feri Miraka
    18- Pajtim Driza 43- Zef Miraka
    19- Ramazan Driza 44- Venetik Methoxha
    20- Xhevair Muçka 45- Bujar Methoxha
    21- Cvejtko Mihali 46- Mineko Methoxha
    22- Kristo Nini 47- Sali Memini
    23-Thoma Nini 48- Spase Mihali
    24- Marash Kovaçaj 49- Enver Hasankolli
    25- Iliaz Xherahu 50- Sali Ndreu
    51- Ylli Xherahu 52- Osman Ndreu

    Shtyllasi Fier Albania


  4. It’s going to have to be a brand new picture this week as I don’t have access to my library. I’ll take a look around. :)


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  6. I just wanted to comment on the photo – very impressive. Natural sunlight can sure do wonders, I imagine. Cool. Thank you for participating in June writing 101; I had en enjoyable time. One day, I plan to get a better camera. Are you looking forward to any fireworks for July 4th? I am, however I may not get to them; they go off around 8:30 and I will most probably be at work. I imagine they are amazing in New York. I love blogging more than anyone I have ever met. You are awesome; I love your photography; and I will be like you someday.

    Happy blogging and thank you, :)


  7. Here’s my offering on contrast…from the newbie blogger here at… The Ink Pen, Book Stop Blog…

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    He showed his true catnality early on.
    First as a lost baby rescued for life, though he didn’t yet know it. Allowing himself to be rocked, cuddled, and cooed…for a time.

    He soon grew into his face markings, his virtual mask. Shortly he began to reveal his true identity.
    he showed himself to be chaser of bugs and
    tearer of curtains, ie, Buddy the hunter.

    And then the truth came out as I peeked around
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    Then it all fell into place as he looked over his cat shoulder to see if anyone was looking and
    suddenly grabbed a hold to my shoe with his paws and began to chew it.
    Why, it’s so clear now, could our Lil Buddy be a puppy dog at heart… misplaced and trying to
    cover it up, iindicated by the mask he wore.

    Is our dear sweet Lil’ Buddy a cat, or is he a dog?Dare I say it…could he be a cat/dog.
    Oh Buddy we still love you, and will ever chuckle at your antics.
    ~ DeAnne Marie DuMaine,
    Aka Diane D. Martinez


  8. “I know that in many things I am not like others, but I do not know what I really am like. Man cannot compare himself with any other creature; he is not a monkey, not a cow, not a tree. I am a man. But what is it to be that? Like every other being, I am a splinter of the infinite deity, but I cannot contrast myself with any animal, any plant or any stone. Only a mythical being has a range greater than man’s. How then can man form any definite opinions about himself?” On Contrast by Carl Jung


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  10. so beautiful! – and the text to go with this photo really made the shot come more alive.

    Also, I just noticed (on 3rd viewing) that in your photo – there is a bit of stronger purple and yellow on the the right – that bright yellow on the upper right pulls ya in and then the eye falls down to the purple and then over to the left-
    where we see a bit heavier red and green – and because those colors are complementary pairs it just adds more to the whole contrast feel –


  11. Ste eustache is my favorite church in Paris, as well, I love the way it has been build quite spacious and bright, and even more the sculpture outside the head in the hand. I ll think and come up with something… Thank you for bringing back this place….


  12. Hosting the 14th International Architecture Biennale, titled Fundamentals, Venice now offers even more photographic occasions. Beyond the exposition itself, various installations are placed around the city, producing both a dialogue and a contrast between the art works and the surrounding environment. As did “Boy with Frog” by Charles Ray until 2013, now it is “The Sky Over Nine Columns” by Heinz Mack playing this role. Nine columns, seven meters high and covered with a golden mosaic, stand in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore. They represent both a manifestation of the human being, standing upright, and a solid connection between the ground and the sky, but also an homage to the ancient local craftsmanship, with the golden mosaic. And of course they add some temporary eccentricity to the venetian skyline.