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Batiment, Montluçon 03100 Fr.

Batiment, Montluçon 03100 Fr.
Another from the Tourist archives! Montluçon is considered to be "The Gateway to the Auvergne", although it is in the department of Allier - it is quite a classy place, so it is not a surprise to see high quality building here, but this is definitely in a league of it's own!

I have no idea of the original purpose, - hotel, bank, insurance office, could be any of them, - nor when it was built, but what is certain is that it is one of the most accomplished examples of brickwork that I have seen! The diamond pattern is worked in a darker brick, and would be a challenge in a flat panel, but to have achieved this on the surface of a circular building, is indeed, a class act. Viewing the image at original size will show what I mean, and also demonstrate that the old Kodak is no slouch either!

Taken with a 1948 Kodak Tourist 620, converted to 120 film. f4.5/105mm hard coated Kodak Anaston, X2 yellow filter, on Shanghai GP3 @200, developed in Thornton's Two Bath 5+5 mins @21C, and scanned @ 1200dpi on an Epson V500.

Holden Richards, Andrea Zdyb, [esc27], Lian and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo

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And this is my way...!
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Chronocrator
Ha! You are too kind, Henrique, but many thanks!
21 months ago.
Sehr schön anzuschauen. Klasse!!
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to tiltdesign2011
Vielen Dank, Ralf!
21 months ago.
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
An outstanding brick and photography work!
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Robert, many thanks! This brickwork is of a standard not often found, and by comparison, the photo is very ordinary :-(( !
21 months ago.
Martin Siegel
Martin Siegel
Very beautiful, Mike!
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Martin Siegel
Martin, many thanks for your kind encouragement!
21 months ago.
Tom Angelo
Tom Angelo
So much depth ! A superb capture Mike !
21 months ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Tom Angelo
Too kind again, Tom!

I love looking at buildings, especially when, like here, they are exceptional, - I've done a bit of bricklaying in my time, and although I hesitate to say it, I suspect that only someone who has done the same would really understand how very accomplished this building is!!

As for the photo, I'm happy that it conveys some of the quality of the subject, and of course, as always, my sincere thanks for your generous words!

Best, Mike
21 months ago.
Tom Angelo has replied to Mikeinlagardette
Although I don't lay brick I have delivered masonry materials (brick and block) for the last 28 years to job sites and over the years I have learned to appreciate quality masonry work. It is a craft and at times a work of art. I have also seen some sloppy work .. :-)
21 months ago.