In 2006 we went to Lyon, the second-largest city in France, to visit the International School of Lyon. I fell in love with the city instantly; the rivers, the architecture and of course the food and wine. Thanks to our wonderful host Mandy, who showed us the sites, we gained a unique local insight into the city. One of my favourite features of the old town was the door knockers. They continued to fulfil their day to day function and yet embodied the passing of time. I found beauty in the peeling paint, the worn wood and repeated restorations of these witnesses to the city’s life.
I have been editing my photographs again and I came across this portrait that I took in Brussels this year. This young Romani boy came up to us in the main square of the town, I took his picture and now I often wonder what his life will be like. I was listening to Bob Dylan as I was fixing the photo, the song that was playing on the iPod just seemed to fit and I do hope, he’ll stay forever young!May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young. Bob Dylan 1973