La Grande-Motte (Hérault, south of France).
Seaside resort of the Languedoc coast, next to Montpellier, La Grande-Motte was built in the 60-70's, between the Mauguio pond and the Mediterranean sea, on a marshy land.
The city is marked by an architectural homogeneity, around its buildings which look like pyramids.
In 1960, France wanted to compete with the seaside resorts of Spain and try to attract tourists in the south of France. Then, the RACINE mission gave the project to the architect Jean Balladur.
He decided to do something different from the French Riviera where casinos and palaces border a sea boulevard. He wanted a place to welcome mass tourism.
He drew a grid pattern, dug a port, set sport fields...
The buildings remind pre-Columbian pyramids with their balconies and terraces.
This typical architecture allowed the city to be listed into the "XXth century Heritage" in 2010.
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baclama (18834) 2012-10-22 10:39
Tu as reussi à embellir la grande motte...
un superbe noir et blanc..
abmdsudi (55208) 2012-10-23 3:13
The dark black background emphasizes not only the general contrast but also the details of this creative building architectures. Lots of repeated shapes, lines which is also make for a fine graphical image. This stands out so superbly and sharpness is second to none with great depth. Congrats, TFS.
dkmurphys (60097) 2012-10-24 1:41
Lovely artistic capture. The lack of colors works perfectly and the contrast is great. Well composed, have a nice day.
macjake (69223) 2012-11-06 21:21
very unique looking shot.
good idea to transfer it into a monochrome. the white's really make a vivid appearance to the darker sky background.
interesting note too.
- Copyright: Yannis Bautrait (yaya13baut) (3344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-10-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K5, pentax 18-55mmF3.5-5.6 AL
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-22 10:33