I recently visited the lovely French city of Avignon. It’s famous for having a bridge that goes nowhere and for a Popes’ Palace with no Popes. It does have a lot of tourists however! The Rhone river cruisers stop there, so it’s a very busy place with tour groups all over the main attractions. It’s a great place to practice people watching and for street photography.
The old bridge is very interesting, and is best seen from a bit of a distance, such as from one of the main road bridges. There’s quite a bit of graffiti in the city, some negative and some positive, like this uplifting message. The weather was great with good visibility. You can see Mont Ventoux in the background past the old bridge. No, I did not dance on (sur), or under (sous), the old bridge, but I did sit high up on the main square with a 40-150 mm lens.
As I said there were lots of tourists, especially in the main square, the Place du Palais. These days there were also a lot of selfie sticks! The philosophy seems to be that unless you are in the picture people won’t believe that you were there. This gave rise to lots of curious posturing, and almost dance-like movements.
Another aspect of this “photographic narcissism” is taking an image that shows your impact on wherever you are. In this case it’s getting your own shadow in the frame. I much prefer this to the selfie stick option however.
In the square there was a boy on a BMX bike showing off his tricks. Only one person, me, seemed to be watching, but he carried on trying to get them right. The local pigeons have seen it all before so weren’t at all interested.
One evening we went to the best AV/multi-media presentation I have ever seen. It was called “Les Luminessences d’Avignon”, and was projected on all 4 walls of the main courtyard of the Palais du Papes. Catch it if it’s back next year!
Avignon’s a great place for photographers.