Photographer's Note

The southern Breton town of Auray straddles the Loch River, about 12km from the Atlantic near the Gulf of Morbihan. The older part of the town, the medieval port area, is known as Saint-Goustan, joined to the more modern part by a 17th century stone bridge. The street shown in this photo runs up a steep hill from the bridge, past delightful well maintained houses and shops towards the commercial centre.

Auray-St-Goustan is a quiet but almost impossibly picturesque little town. In 1364 it was the site of the Battle of Auray, part of the Hundred Years War fought over the succession to the French throne. The battle settled the question of the succession to the duchy of Brittany in favour of John de Montfort, assisted by English forces.

Anyway, I was climbing up the hill, struggling somewhat after an unnecessary late-morning visit to the Kouign Amann pastry shop (these MUST be tried if you visit Brittany, hills or no hills), when I turned, as any keen photographer will, to see if there was an appealing scene behind me. I made ready to take a shot. The old man was walking slowly down the hill and by the time I had set up the camera he had begun to enter the doorway of his home, upstairs above a shop.

I have cropped the picture to bring the man closer, and added a very mild gradient to the white sky in the top right corner.

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