Little Back Streets And Alleys

One of the reasons I like going to the south of France is the to wander around in its towns and villages. Especially the little out-of-the-way, neglected, run down streets and alleys provide great opportunities for photography. Windows, shutters, people, cats, flowers, graffiti, letterboxes, bicycles, they are some of the things I like to photograph in those places. The fact that those places are  not easily accessible and the most obvious places to find things that are attractive to the average tourist has often helped to preserve a certain authenticity that gets lost when visitors descend on a pretty place in numbers. The souvenir shops and bars and restaurants may not be there, but instead we find a sort of calm, unselfconscious confidence that comes from being a ‘real’ place. Here are a few of my pictures that hopefully do a better job of explaining what I am trying to describe than these words.

 

French Alley, Gruissan

French Alley, Gruissan

 

Pentacle, Alet-Les-Bains

Pentacle, Alet-Les-Bains

 

Old Shop Front, Narbonne

Old Shop Front, Narbonne

 


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