Yesterday afternoon a friend and I drove to the tiny village of Montsales located on the Aveyron causse. Our destination was a photo exposition here in its restored fortified tower built in the 14th century during the 100 Years' War. The tower's original purpose was to serve as a watchtower for invading troops and English bandits which roamed the area along the Lot River valley. Today the lovely donjon is an intriguing exhibit space for art and photographs.
A visit here is not for the faint-hearted or anyone unsteady on their feet! We climbed three flights of narrow, uneven stone stairs to view photographs by three different photographers. If my legs had been any shorter, there were a couple of the steps I wouldn't have been able to climb. The ground level held lovely color images of illuminated cave interiors and macro shots of water drops by Jean-Francois Fabriol.
The top two floors were devoted to the works of two photographers who mainly work in black and white images, John Agar and Yves Machatschek. Matchatschek's celebrity photos were fascinating. The view from the window half-way up the tower had me on the look-out for invading armies and bandits.
The stone walls of the tower displayed the photographs brilliantly. In my next blog post, I'll share my favorite photo of the exhibit. As interesting as the celebrity photos were, my favorite was quite different. It may surprise you!