L’autre Bout

This is one of my favourite photos. I took it as part of a photo challenge at my university (which i won by the way..whoop whoop!). Well, this was not the winning photo but…it was my favourite to shoot.


It was an overly sunny spring afternoon at the Quai du Rhône, one of my favourite places in Lyon. He walked past me to the tunnel with his guitar hanging over his shoulder. The magical tune he sat to play hit the walls of the tunnel and echoed back. He was so lost in his own world that I don’t think he heard- or saw- me walking up to him. He looked up at me when I said “bonjour monsieur”, and replied nonchalantly. I asked if I could take photo of him and he nodded without interrupting the magical melody. I backed up and got ready to take a photo. But then, another man came rolling by on skates. I took a second to think, waited for him to get to the end of the tunnel, and took several shots. My thought- a soul dancing away to the music from the guitar. I got a lucky plus. The “guitar man” looked up at the man on skates just as he got to the end; watching HIS soul dance away.

I used the tunnel as a frame and I noticed the distribution of light – one man in light, the other in darkness – only after I took the photo.

Hope you like it as much as i do.