Photographer's Note

A photo from the 'digital long-ago' - 2007 - when I was using my first 6 megapixel DSLR. I don't know why I have never uploaded this one, but today seems as good a day as any.

I call it High Noon, after the famous 1952 Western film with Gary Cooper, because it seems to me that it has all the elements of a 'gunslinger shootout in the main street'. The two men approach each other in a deserted street, no doubt with pistols in their pockets, and one of the 'steeds' - this time a scooter rather than a horse - stands abandoned in the foreground. If you look very closely you will see that the approaching man has left his bicycle against the wall of the building on the left. Perhaps the half-timbered old building on the right is the 'saloon', and a small figurine of Mary looks down upon the scene as if to tend to the momentary religious needs of the protagonists. I trust you will not need too much imagination to see the parallels here.

In fact, the photo was taken just 12 minutes and 51 seconds after the stroke of midday!

Rennes, is in fact, a large and distinctive city, the tenth largest in France and the capital of Bretagne. It's famous for its many old half-timbered buildings like the beautifully maintained one in this photo. What a pity about the graffiti (although perhaps it adds something to the photo?). It also has a huge number of students, and an impressive 10km, 15-station rail metro, with another line under construction. I found this quite remarkable because in Australia huge cities like Melbourne and Sydney seem incapable of providing their residents with efficient rapid transit systems, while even quite small European cities have developed fully-formed underground networks in recent years.

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