On a Grand Scale


Next time I go to shoot the Cathedral, I’m really, really going to take my 16-35mm. No matter how awkward it is to take in my bag, I want to try and do a better job of showing just exactly how immense it is. There’s no way to do it with the 50mm, there just…there isn’t. You have to stand so far back that you’re in one of the various alleys that link up to the Cathedral and at that point you’ve lost part of it in the process. Wide and low next time.

Because it is, it is immense. It’s breathtakingly there. I feel like that should be an obvious statement, a little bit of a chuckle to go with, “Naturally. It’s a cathedral, after all.” But if you’re me and this is the first Cathedral you’ve seen in four years (and the last one I saw was the Oratoire St. Joseph and it was, quite literally a ten minute visit), it is just…overwhelming. The first time I was in the square, I had to keep looking back because I couldn’t believe how present it is.

(No, really. you can see it from every part of the city, or almost any. Which is good for me because if I ever get lost (which is bound to happen), I just have to walk towards it and I’ll find my way back.)

The details are absolutely breathtaking. It makes you (or me) stop and think that, people didn’t just dream on a grand scale, they went and built on that scale too. They achieved and worked towards something that a lot of them wouldn’t even fully see. Mind. Blown.

Things I’m Loving:

Fuereventura – Russian Red‘s album that came out last year that I’ve just gotten around to listening to and I’m absolutely loving it! A little more upbeat than her first album but still very much her.

Le Foot – I’m trying really hard to read something in French every day, which is not as easy as it sounds. However, Le Foot as separate magazines for (almost) every Ligue 1 team, which means I get to read about something I love as I’m struggling to resist the urge to read out loud to myself because it sounds so weird in my own head. It’s got a lot of content, but comes out once a week, which gives me something to work towards.

Foxy Houndstooth – I won’t have my own place for a while yet, but growing up having houses renovated around you kind of gets you pumped for figuring out how to do things on your own. This wall: I want it. I may have to beg and plead and cajole my father into helping me, but I will have something like it. One day.


2 thoughts on “On a Grand Scale

  1. Jac-o says:

    I think you did a pretty good job of capturing the immensity/majesty of the cathedral, my dear! Quite amazing what they managed to do centuries ago – without all the gizmos & gadgets we have today to make building easier! Hope you stopped to light a candle & say “une petite priere, ma chere”.

  2. Your photographs capture the cathedral beautifully- even without your 16-35mm. And reading this post makes me miss Europe terribly!

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