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Dad & I were out driving in the mountains behind Brignoles in SW France when he spotted what looked like a huge rock on top of a distant mountain. It wasn’t until we got closer that we realised it was the ruins of a very old castle.

4 hours later and many miles of off-road driving in our rental Citroen Xsara we decided to give up on ever finding a way of reaching it. As we turned the car for home I spotted a bitumen driveway and told Dad to drive up it, just for a look. The driveway soon gave way to a pot-holed dirt track that meandered around a corner and up the hill.

Dad was sick of off roading in a car that definitely didn’t like it either, and he was going to turn around, but I insisted on going just a bit further. Then around the next bend we came to what was once a carpark below the ruins of this castle called Forcalquieret.

It was in amazing condition with many rooms still useable. We thought we had discovered the lost world, but in fact there was a group of young locals setting-up camp in the main courtyard just through that big archway.

We spent the next few hours pushing through brambles and other bushes, climbing over rocks and taking pictures of our discovery. We both felt like Indiana Jones.

This picture will always remind me of the joys of unexpected discovery and the best day I have ever spent with my Father.


Brisbane-based artist with a passion for grainy B&W photography and digital post-production work. I also teach photography online at The Photography Critique & Advice Group

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 7 years ago

    stunning an mysterious. Love it

  • Andrew Mark
    Andrew Markalmost 7 years ago

    this is very cool. the black and white in your shots are very good

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent B&W image. Well done and merry xmas.

  • Ravenor
    Ravenoralmost 7 years ago

    Splendid shot!! great in low key..

  • kevsphotos2008
    kevsphotos2008almost 7 years ago

    this is so gothic,
    fantastic work,well done…………………………….

  • juliankimmings
    juliankimmingsalmost 7 years ago

    moody – I like it

  • Amy-lee Foley
    Amy-lee Foleyover 6 years ago

    How spooky! haha


  • Gregoryno6
    Gregoryno6over 6 years ago

    A ruined castle always makes a good photo, but the story lifts it up to another level. Persistence has its rewards!

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasalmost 6 years ago

    GREAT PHOTO! Happy New Year!

  • Medusa
    Medusaover 5 years ago


    Exquisite Pic!


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