Monday, August 19, 2013

looking back on an evening along the Dordogne...

An evening scene from several weeks ago:

...sunset light along the Dordogne River in the SW of France, 
the old bastide ('fortified town') of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande...

This week, I'm honored to have this photo featured on iART Chronicles--one of the images chosen for "Painterly Mobile Art Monday." 

While in France, I began experimenting more with "painterly" effects in mobile photography editing...If you're curious, this flickr group shows what other mobile photographers are doing with this...


  1. The picture is splendid.
    (However the bastide is not a fortified town but a town that developed around a central square).


  2. Thanks for your interest and compliment...The origin and development of the 'bastides' is fascinating (having to do with wars, both political and religious)--as you say, they are towns that have central squares--and they were, mostly, established from the mid-13th to the mid-14th century. Most are laid out in grids and did end up being fortified. As a concise explanation for the average English-speaking reader, 'old fortified town' is usually used.