Photographer's Note

Of course, all I knew when I took this photo was that I was wandering through an unfamiliar city (Caen) on a dark night when none of my photos were working out whatsoever. I had nothing better to do, since I hadn't planned on staying in Caen but had missed the last train back from Paris during my supposed day trip to Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed on D-Day, June 6 1944. The Canadians fought hard and nearly made it to Caen on that day, and then spent the next few days liberating the city, and this statue was located near Place du Canada, no doubt named in honour of the soldiers who fought to liberate the city.

But, as I say, my photos from that night were not good, and I forgot about them until relatively recently, when I was flipping through and found this one again. And then I thought about how very cool it was. It is copper, and the copper has run and "bled," and has tarnished to its characteristic green. This has given it a very eerie greenish-white hue, which I think looks very neat against the entirely pitch-black sky. And I just thought that it was time that I find out a bit about who this was, and post the photo. Other than reducing the size and sharpening it a bit, I have done no post-processing...

I don't go into details, but this is apparently Bertrand du Guesclin, a 14th century knight and military commander in Normandy, who was quite successful during the Hundred Year's War. Quite neat, for something which I just snapped a quick photo of as I wandered along on my merry way...

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