No, this isn’t an art installation, it’s another bridge over the Saône river in the French city of Lyon.
This one, known as the Passerelle du Palais de Justice, is a bit special – not because it’s so ultra-modern looking, but because it features in a very famous book on photography.
I’m referring to Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure, which is a both a beautiful coffee-table book of mostly stunning pictures and a great guide to the basic principles of photography, although the author is a little ‘old school’ for my tastes.
Anyway, Bryan lived in Lyon for a time, and if you turn to page 136 of the latest edition you’ll notice two shots of this self-same bridge, both framing the cathedral up on the hill inside the triangle of its giant red support. Mr Peterson smugly remarks that he saw many tourists taking the shot in daytime, but only he had the imagination to do the same at night, and then goes on to ruin it slightly by using the weird magenta filter that he is so fond of.
Well, in my turn I’m going to modestly proclaim that my version is actually better than his. I dispense with the cathedral completely and just take a side view of the support and cables in all their stark minimalistic glory.
If you have the book, get it out now and compare, and I think you’ll find that I’m right…
As usual, a bigger version can be found here.