PJ and I are preparing for our next trip to France to shoot the churches. We just finished prepping the electronic gear (computers, hard drives, cables, IPads, etc.). The cameras have been sent to Canon Professional Services for routine maintenance, lenses are ready. Last year we did a post on Our Procedures in France – we don’t anticipate any difference this time except that we are hoping to incorporate the IPad into the shooting process. The trip is still a month away, but there is a lot going on so we’re starting now.
The trip itself is a combination of about 80 new and old churches – we are reshooting in Conques, Cahors, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Poitiers, and several churches in Burgundy and the Auvergne. We’ll also add plenty of new sites in those regions, in addition to several completely new areas of the Ardeche, Aveyron, and Allier. We’ll also travel south to Beziers, Carcassonne, Albi, and Saint Guilhem-le-Desert. We will have the pleasure to photograph some of the finest Romanesque churches in France.
One of the most important objectives we have on this trip is to capture the tympana of several of the most important churches – Saint Etienne in Cahors, Saint Pierre in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Saint Benoit in Saint Benoit-sur-Loire, Saint Foy in Conques, and several others. These magnificent sculpted panels are one of the glories of Romanesque architecture and we have not paid them the attention that they deserve. We will also be shooting the sculpted capitals in Mozac, Aulnay, and the Burgundy churches.
The southernmost region between Conques and Carcassonne will be special because my sister and brother-in-law will be joining us for a week. Ann and Tom Hanson are active in the Via Lucis project and this is the first time that they will travel to the churches with us. This is very exciting for PJ and I and should be a wonderful time.