Carrières de Lumières

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie 2

…2009 was the year of Picasso and Cézanne in Provence, France. As part of the celebrations Cathedrale D’Image in Les Baux de Provence projected gigantic images of Picasso’s paintings on the walls of the Carrières du Val d’Enfer, a quarry that was created to extract white limestone to construct the Chateau and Les Baux. On our trip to Provence that summer I took these photos during a 30 minute presentation deep in the heart of the quarry. Whilst the images are not perfect because of the limited light I hope you will agree that they have a somewhat eerie quality about them. In 1959, Picasso took part in Jean Cocteau’s “Testament of Orpheus”, which was filmed inside the quarries.

Cathedrale D’Image no longer exists and the the management of the Carrières has been taken over by Culturespaces under the title “Carrières de Lumières”. I recommend visiting their web site,, to learn more about this amazing place and about their current and future spectacular events. Something to add to the bucket list. Perhaps we’ll see you there…