Photographer's Note

I was walking by the Rhone in Arles, on a lovely late afternoon in June last year, and took this photo of a section of the old Roman wall. It was during the period of Arles' famous Photography Rencontre.

The Roman remains in Arles are World Heritage Listed (since 1981), and the amphitheatre, while perhaps not one of the finest or biggest in Europe, is still used for concerts, bullfights and such. The number 3 is obviously not of Roman origin, and I guess that it has been installed to indicate something of note in a walking-tour guide. I was captivated by the contrast in colours and textures between the ancient wall, the tree and the building behind. I sincerely longed to see someone appear at an open window, but this didn't happen.

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