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Paris, Montmartre, Basilica du Sacré Cœur, winter...

-15 degrees Celsius...


In architecture, gargoyles (from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet, cf. Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from root gar, to swallow, the word representing the gurgling sound of water) are the carved terminations to spouts which convey water away from the sides of buildings. The term "gargoyle" is most often applied to medieval work, but throughout all ages some means of throwing the water off roofs, when not conveyed in gutters, was adopted. In Egypt gargoyles ejected the water used in the washing of the sacred vessels which seems to have been done on the flat roofs of the temples. In Greek temples, the water from roofs passed through the mouths of lions whose heads were carved or modelled in the marble or terra cotta cymatium of the cornice. At Pompeii many terra cotta gargoyles were found that are modelled in the shape of animals.

The focal length used was 300 mm. Scanned from printed photo, converted to sepia to accentuate the stone textures, increased contrast to make the gargoyle and the icicle stand out against the background wall and to overcome the "compressing" effect of the long zoom.

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