Puddle Photography in Lyon : help me pick my 5 best photos


Despite my having gathered so many photo of Lyon, I haven’t ever printed one of them, or done an exhibition. Help me pick the ones you like the most !


Vieux Lyon, France - Place Neuve Saint-Jean reflecting in a puddle
Vieux Lyon, France – Place Neuve Saint-Jean reflecting in a puddle

As written in my previous article, I have gathered quite a high number of puddle photographs now, whether they’ve been taken in Paris or in Lyon. They have formed into two distinct series :

  • One on Lyon, my hometown and definitely the city I enjoy the most taking photos of. It’s a city that is quieter than Paris, fairly smaller so you can walk across the city in a day, and yet, it has so many distinct places to take photos of that every time I come back there, I find new photos to take. If you visit France and have some time before you, I strongly advise you to spend two days in Lyon (as a bonus, the food there is memorable, though I must confess it seems to be the case in almost every major French city).
  • One on Paris, my host city for 4 years soon, at least as enjoyable to photograph as Lyon, though you won’t be able to visit it all in a day. In all fairness, it’s a beautiful city to visit and explore, though like London, it can be quite expensive.

I’m not sure yet of what I want to do with these two series. Should I do an exhibition ? I must confess it makes me a bit anxious, because quality-wise, they’re clearly not on par with the photos that inspire me the most from other photographers. And yet, this would be a nice first step to making something more out of my hobby than just an Instagram feed.

This article gathers all the photos I would think of printing were I to do an exhibition on my puddle photos from Lyon. I’d most definitely pick 10 of them to print. Though I already have some preferences, I’m not sure of which ones I should pick. Could you help me with it, and tell me at least the 5 photos you like the best ? That would be so helpful of you.

I hope you’ll enjoy the photos, and thank you very much for your help !

17 thoughts on “Puddle Photography in Lyon : help me pick my 5 best photos

        1. Italian architecture from Renaissance is pretty nice also. And I love what you can find in cities like Strasbourg with huge German influence also. I guess we’re pretty lucky to have all these different architectures not far from each other in Europe 🙂

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        2. If I could start over, I would have been an architect. In my country(USA), the new structures are so boring. No artistry. You are fortunate, indeed, to live within such beauty.

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        3. Ahah ! Not all the time, but I guess I’m a bit like you : I like what used to be done in architecture, and wish architects of today would be fewer to be modern just for the sake of modernity.

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  1. I am literally overwhelmed by all of this beauty! It will be very difficult indeed to choose just five. But before even attempting, I’m wondering: What are your criteria? Do you want us to simply choose the ones we like best? Or are we after symmetry, the quality of the light, or a sense of place? Because as I said, TOO MUCH BEAUTY. 😀

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      1. Very well then, Pierre. I love the Maison Thomassin because the cobblestones add an unexpected bit of texture that both gives a sense of solidity to the image but also diffuse the buildings a bit, as if seen in a dream. The first shot of Saint-Georges is also breathtaking in its symmetry and composition. I liked the Chapelle de l’Hôtel Dieu also for the way the bikes mysteriously “disappear” in the reflection — as if you’re gazing back into a different era. Also love the shot of Place des Jacobins, and the way the texture of the clouds is echoed in the street. And finally, that shot of Saint-Georges with the clouds reflected in the water. Sublime!

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    1. Many thanks ! Place Neuve Saint-Jean is my favourite (not difficult to guess since it’s the first picture of the article), but I’m very glad you also like Passerelle : not everyone likes the harsh contrast between sark blue and bright red.

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  2. They’re all excellent however my top 5 (for various reasons) would have to be …

    1.) Rue des 3 Marie
    2.) Chapelle de l’Hôtel-Dieu
    3.) Place de la République
    4.) Rue Saint-Jean
    5.) Rue Confort

    However my favourite of all your photographs has always been “Sunrise on a street light in Montmartre” … I believe that picture could grace any exhibition anywhere in the world and manage to stand out … its that good!

    Surprised to hear you haven’t exhibited your work before now as it’s extremely professional and mesmerizing to look at … keep up the good work Pierre!

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