Wandering through the cobbled streets of a bustling city like Lille, by myself, was an absolute joy. What a quaint, yet busy, place; with an odd mix of old buildings, cobbled streets, and ugly modernity. You only have to step outside the old town centre and you feel as though you’re in an entirely different place. It’s quite strange. It was nice to get to know it some, nonetheless.
I love blending in to the background of a place – striding through reams of slow moving tourists like I live there, stopping only to photograph things. Sure enough a local stopped me whilst in Lille and began speaking to me in French about his mobile phone – asking my help with something – he soon apologised when he realised I wasn’t a local and wasn’t picking up everything he was saying. It was exhilarating though because it is in those moments that I feel I have absorbed a city, blended in with it. That’s the best way to see new places I think.
These are some of the better shots, taken from, or of, the landmarks and sights of Lille; the Grand Place, the tower, the Zoo next to the citadel. I took all the photographs with my Sony A6000, and a mix of my 50mm prime and the kit lens.