Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad — this week, share a shot that captures a contrast.

I’ve been traipsing around Europe over the past few weeks. I am, as my long-suffering spouse can attest, that person who likes to visit every. Single. Church. I love the history, the nooks and crannies, the hidden secrets — and the range of ways humans design spaces that are meant to uplift and inspire.

While in Paris, I was captivated by l’église Saint-Eustache, a stunning gothic church that many visitors pass over in the rush to visit Notre Dame. On a late afternoon visit, I arrived as the low-hanging sun centered itself in one of the stained glass windows.

Stained glass window in Eglise St-Eustache, Paris (Michelle Weber).

“Sunlight in Eglise St-Eustache,” Michelle Weber.

The contrast between the window and the surrounding structure was so strong that it obliterated all the details, leaving only shafts of light piercing the stone walls. Although I’m not a person of faith, even I had to pause and allow my eyes to drift towards the heavens (or the ceiling, as the case may be). The photo doesn’t entirely capture the luminance of the moment, but is a lovely reminder for me.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.

Join me in navel-gazing, or show us something more everyday — your cat cuddled up with your dog, a red car in front of a yellow house, a figure silhouetted against a setting sun. Try a less literal take and snap a shot of the John Grisham and Shakespeare volumes sharing space on your bookshelf, or go totally figurative and share an image of a person you find full of contrasts.

We look forward to learning what says “contrast” to you!

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