Redu, village du livre

We decided to go out this afternoon and visit Redu – village of the book. Redu is a small village in the Belgian Ardennes with several very good second hand and rare book shops. Well worth the visit if you are in the area. I really couldn’t decide whether the images were best in monochrome or colour as the light on the different coloured books really changes the image.. what do you think?

6 thoughts on “Redu, village du livre

  1. I think the color works best for most of the images, though I love the black and white image of the printing presses. The monochromatic look really emphasizes a kind of industrial grittiness that they represent.

    • Hi Mike

      I think you right that’s why I did most in colour. The shot of the old printing presses is defiantly better in monochrome… Thanks very much for the comment..


  2. Well Stephen…being a monochrome junkie I like the monochrome. It gives the photos that old look and suits the older building and subject matter well….in my opinion of course. The colour pictures are not without merit though.

    Really liked the shot of the old printing press. I was a pressman for about twenty years and started out on a letterpress. That press looks like it may be an old Gordon if memory serves correct. Hard to believe they used to print on those things compared to our modern day presses.

    Take care. ~ dave

    • There’re really nice old presses and all in working order too. They actually seem to doo some printing there
      as well, it’s a book shop with printing museum. The monochrome is great for this shot but I’m not sure about the others. It does give them this old feel but you loose the perspective created by the different coloured books. I suppose it’s a personal thing 🙂

  3. Colour is cozy, homely and now. Mono is classical and arty. Both work depending on what mood or statement you want to make.
    Would love to browse through those shelves. Did they have any good books on photography Stephen?

    • Hi John… no unfortunately. That was what I was looking for and my wife was browsing. It’s a nice place to visit on a Sunday afternoon and just get lost in the books. They had quite a few in English too.

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