Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Sometimes I hate myself for taking blurred pictures, and using strong zooms tend to do this on my camera, but I kept this ine, as I thought it did a nice effect with the light which is so powerful in this Medieval abbey of Fontenay, in Burgundy, not far from Dijon.

It was founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1118, and built in the Romanesque style. It is one of the oldest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in Europe, and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Of the original complex comprising church, dormitory, cloister, chapter house, caldarium, refectory, dovecote and forge, all remain intact except the refectory. are well maintained. The Abbey of Fontenay, along with other Cistercian abbeys, forms a connecting link between Romanesque and Gothic architectures.

Here is the beautiful website of Fontenay abbey, if you wish to know more about it.


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19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

      • Well, it’s out of focus. And yet, it works. The Abbey is so stark, so empty – the out-of-focus photo takes away any detail there may have been in the Abbey, which, in this case, works. The lack of detail adds to the feeling of the photo because of the subject. But I wouldn’t try it with just any subject-matter.


        • I agree, it also fits perfectly the Cistercian ethos: there is basically nothing in a Cistercian abbey of the 12th century in France. Their ideal was to go back to soberness and simplicity of life, and they included this ideal in their architectural style. Their whole thing was to let the pure light come in


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