On the Besançon Streets

I spent my junior year in college in Besançon, France.  Although an interest in photography was still years away, I was able to capture this timeless street scene: a nun crossing the narrow street to greet a friend.

While grainy, there are several elements of the photo that I like — the elevation of the narrow road, the cobbled sidewalk, the parked vehicles, the Jura mountains looming in the background, and the mystery of the habited nun greeting an unknown friend.

Photo taken on Rue de la Vieille Monnaie, circa 1980.

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35 thoughts on “On the Besançon Streets

  1. Even though you say that an interest in photography was still years away, I can see the photographer in you in this photo. Even then, it is obvious that you had an eye to capture life’s events in a very special way. I love old photos from another time in our lives…that alone makes this photograph wonderful. 🙂

  2. It’s great you wrote a description this time around, it makes so much more personal, and also without it and without paying close attention to the cars on the road side I would have guessed wrong (circa 1945-1950), it has that feel to it. Also what I’m noticing here is something you use often in your pictures, which adding the human aspect to the scene you’re shooting, it’s something you do so well. Excellent shot Brian very personal, the way photography was meant to be.

  3. Reblogged this on Infernal Deity of a Psychotic Mind and commented:
    It’s great you wrote a description this time around, it makes so much more personal, and also without it and without paying close attention to the cars on the road side I would have guessed wrong (circa 1945-1950), it has that feel to it. Also what I’m noticing here is something you use often in your pictures, which adding the human aspect to the scene you’re shooting, it’s something you do so well. Excellent shot Brian very personal, the way photography was meant to be.

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