Martin Newland  

Riots in Lyon, France by Martin Newland

October 2020 - Riots in Lyon, France

October 2020 - Martin Newland


About the Image(s)

In May 2016 my wife and I were on a guided tour of France. We had arrived in Lyon and were on the obligatory tour of the city and cathedrals, when I noticed a number of helicopters hovering close by.
The tour guide made an off handed comment that there was a protest gathering in the Place Bellecour. Against his advice we left the calm of the tour group in the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste and headed to where the action was, a few hundred metres away.
I had never seen riot police, nor tear-gas before (we live a very sheltered life here), so the scene before me was quite confronting.
I have cropped the image and converted it to monochrome.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III , 1/320sec, f/9.0, ISO 100
Lens: Canon EF 24 - 105 f/4L IS USM at 60mm

11 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Nice action shop--very sharp. The choice of converting to monochrome, I feel, was so much better than the contrasting orange ground. I like the cropping bringing in the emotion of the young girl in the front. Next time, though, listen to your tour guide!   Posted: 10/04/2020 15:52:07

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Gutsy move on your part to capture this great action. I like the conversion to B&W but I'd like to see a bit more of the surroundings. I think the closer crop loses the separation of her from the crowd. I like the focus on the young girl's face, but I feel conflicted as to what's actually going on. The more I look at it the more I think that maybe the conversion caused the separation loss. Perhaps consider just a desaturation of the background instead of a full-blown B&W. Great shot, at any rate!   Posted: 10/05/2020 13:55:32

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
I'm not having a very good time at computing today. Not sure why my same message reposted at 3am this morning but when I deleted it, I also deleted your response. Sorry! Sounds like you want to keep the confusion as to what was actually going on...mission accomplished!   Posted: 10/06/2020 07:48:51

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Great job of getting a good image of street action.
I Googled "May 2016 Riot in Lyon France" to find out that this was part of nationwide street protests about proposed revisions to the labor laws.   Posted: 10/06/2020 16:01:16

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Outstanding photojournalism photo with action, drama, and story without being told about it. The cropping appears a bit tight at the as to possibly put the meaningful facial expressions slightly nearer the middle.   Posted: 10/09/2020 16:05:33

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
Great shot. Very courageous on your part...especially in a foreign country where the language barrier could pose additional problems.   Posted: 10/11/2020 05:45:43
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Thanks Beverly
I may have been foolhardy in doing this photoshoot, but I was reassured by the presence of young mums walking across the square with babies in their prams, all just out of photoshot, and people sitting drinking coffee and watching. It was actually quite a jovial atmosphere.
At exactly 4 o'clock the chaos stopped and everyone (protesters and police) packed up and went home as if nothing had happened. By 4:15 the square was back to normal.   Posted: 10/11/2020 20:04:19
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Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Nicely done, Martin. It does work better in B&W. I agree with some of the other observations about the cropping - slightly less top and left but not including the leftmost person. But a great shot nonetheless.   Posted: 10/12/2020 08:23:06
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
While doing the suggested re-cropping, I realised that the original image had been cropped to a standard 8"x10" for printing/competition purposes.
Here is the new crop. It is almost 1:1.
Thanks for the suggestion.   Posted: 10/12/2020 17:23:15
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Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Love the action in this photo. The move to monochromatic was really great. It makes the action the most important part of the story here. Your new crop in response the Harry is exactly what I would suggest to make the photo more dramatic. Good work!   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:55:25


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