PJ and I will be traveling in France for the next six weeks, shooting more of these Romanesque churches. As can be seen from this map (click on the map to see in more detail), our primary areas of focus will be the Alsace, the Haute-Provence, the Poitou and some work in the Auvergne.
We are certainly going to shoot other places, including the key churches of Vignory, Morienval, Mont-devant-Sassey, and Vézelay, but those regions indicated are the key. In Poitou, we will be shooting Sainte Radegonde, Notre Dame la Grande, Cathédrale Saint Pierre, and the Baptistère Saint Jean. Outside of Poitiers, we will be shooting Saint Savin, Chauvigny, Noailles-Maupertuis, and Le Dorat.
In the Haute-Provence we’ll be shooting Senanque, Silvacane, Le Thoronet, Venasque, Manosque, and others. A bit further south, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, we’ll be shooting Saint-Trophime in Arles, Saint Gilles-du-Gard, and Sainte Maries-de-la-Mer.
In the Alsace, we’ll be photographing Neuwiller, Marmoutier, Rosheim, Eschau, Andlau, Epfig, Sélestat, Rouffach, Guebwiller, Murbach, and Lautenbach.
The key church in the Auvergne is the newly renovated Notre Dame du Port in Clermont-Ferrand, but we’ll also be visiting the Basilique Saint Julien in Brioude and many other favorites. All these churches are defining examples of their particular Romanesque styles.
Just as a point of comparison, below is the map of our full Google Earth database of French Romanesque churches that we hope to shoot at some point. It represents at most about 20% of the surviving Romanesque churches in France! Each entry contains the French patrimony description of the church and other architectural references (Nebolsine, Conant, and others) which pertain.
This year, we’re going to attempt posts on this Via Lucis site during the trip itself. We’ll write some descriptions of where we are and what we’ve done, preview some of the new shots, and maybe even post a little bit of video footage that we are going to shoot for documentation purposes. So, our gear is packed, sensors cleaned, lenses pristine, batteries charged – we’re ready to go! We hope that you follow these adventures and let us know what you think. So, salut!