Lights along the way (PJ McKey)


Traveling in France can always be expensive, but there is one expense that I never regret. My candle budget is huge. My pockets are always full of change. Candles are everywhere in most of these churches and like many others before me, I have a lot of blessings to ask for. Protection and happiness for […]

Getting the shot (PJ McKey)


Photographs are elusive. They are images, moments seen or missed, teasing at the corners of our consciousness. Once you find them and know they are there they must be captured and this is where Dennis’ style differs so completely from mine. Our photography of the the Romanesque churches is a bit like a safari. There […]

The Two Madonnas (PJ McKey)


Looking to photograph their Vierge Romane, we first went to Eglise Saint Anne in Heume L’Eglise in May 2006. It was love at first sight. On a cool, grey, rainy spring day we finally found this small country church sitting in the middle of a few farm houses and barns, kept company only by the […]

Gofridus me fecit (PJ McKey)


One incredible feature of Romanesque art in all forms is the fact that the creators are, for the most part, anonymous. No headlines, no public tributes or fame acknowledge their skill and accomplishments. It was enough to create for the greater glory and love of God. The capital sculpture in the churches offers a clear […]

Crossing the Threshold (PJ McKey)


Nowhere is the passage of humanity more apparent than in the worn stone thresholds and weathered wooden doors of these churches. I am fascinated by these entrances, these invitations. First, I am always struck by the contrast of the wood against the frame of stone. Wood is a vulnerable humble medium, prey to disease and […]

Jeremiah and “Potty Boy” (PJ McKey)


There is sculpture in these French Romanesque churches that takes your breath away. The mastery in stone that transforms it into a fluid medium astounds. The Jeremiah of the abbey of Moissac in France is not stone, but a shimmer of feeling and fabric that barely clings to the wall, almost escaping into the surrounding […]