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It’s not King Solomon’s gold mines … or is it? See if you can work out what this is.

Could it be upside down? Could it be inside out?

Are YOU up to the challenge? Of course you are.

Part One of the mystery has been solved by Sean Jansen, Nonnie Angela and Svetlana Sewell. So yes, it is indeed the entrance to a metro station – but do you know where it is?

Part Two of the mystery has been solved by Helen Corr and Vivek Bakshi. Yes, it’s the entrance to a Montreal metro station. That’s Helen’s second consecutive solution – so she’s setting the pace, folks!

I shot this while entering the Palais des Congrès metro station in Montreal, back in 2005. It was the strip lighting on the walls that initially caught my attention, then I realised that the golden glow suffusing the walls and the roof could make an interesting image.

I deliberately shot this asymmetrically, to make best use of the pattern of the roof. The perspective, from this angle, shows convergence from above as well as from the sides.

By composing the shot to show a glimpse (albeit off-centre) of the gateway and the relative darkness beyond, I was able to include an element of contrast.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a little three-megapixel Pentax Optio 33LF. F2.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200.

Featured in COLOUR AND LIGHT, October 2009.

Featured in THE ART OF INTRIGUE, October 2009.

Featured in CITYSCAPES AND SKYLINES, October 2009.

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Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    This looks awesome with the colors you captured. Now if I had to guess I would say maybe an entrance to a subway or train station ? Sutting lighting to say the least.

  • The colours just blew me away, Sean. What exactly is the reason behind your guess?

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savillealmost 5 years ago

    A walkway in a museum…maybe…

  • G’day Diana-Lee – I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t weighed into solving the mystery! Nope, it ain’t a museum, but what a great guess!

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    The reason for my guess is I can make out a railing going down, the colors going in look to be a beautiful reflection captured from the outside. I have also seen simular lighting captured here. So just guessing as it reminded me of that.

  • No, it’s not actually a railing, Sean. But you’re right about the reflection. Hope you have another guess … or six!

    – David McMahon

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    Lol, one last try for now. I see the people walking, I see but not sure of the reflection on the bottom right….Buildings of some sort. As for another guess…..Airport maybe ? Looks like a secutity camera and sprinklers on the roof. Might be a parking garage. Other than that, I think I am stummped lol

  • Yes, Sean. I deliberately framed this shot to include the people. Yes, it’s a security camera. Yes, they’re sprinklers. But no, to both your guesses.

    – David McMahon

  • pix-elation
    pix-elationalmost 5 years ago

    Golden Wonder! There’s only one place this can be (since we are still looking for King Solomon’s mine)… it’s the entrance to the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox!!!

  • G’day Pix-Elation – that is a brilliant guess. I have to give you points for a) lateral thinking and b) creativity. But, honestly, I don’t think anyone would get that close to Fort Knox. Not even with bullyin/ bullion tactics! Come on, have another guess!!

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savillealmost 5 years ago

    What he said …lol

  • Um, see my reply above. I don’t think Joe Public or Jane Public would get within sniffing distance of Fort Knox. (Not even if I professed loudly: “Ingot we trust”.)

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago

    Boring guess here, a tunnel?

  • There is no such thing as a boring guess, Betty. Yes, you could say it is a tunnel. You are on the right track – although I have to say STRICTLY SPEAKING, it is not a tunnel but it is tunnel-like. So go ahead, make my day ….

    – David McMahon

  • Diana-Lee Saville
    Diana-Lee Savillealmost 5 years ago

    Corridor in an art gallery. Those racky things are frames to hold up artwork.

  • Ah, what a great guess. Yes, I can see how you reached this conclusion. But no.

    – David McMahon

  • pix-elation
    pix-elationalmost 5 years ago

    That’s why they have the security camera!
    OK, how about Sydney Opera House, or maybe the home of the Amber Nectar?

  • Now I know why the security camera is there – thank you! No, it’s not the Sydney Opera House, but once again I have to give you points for a great guess. And no, not the home of Amber Nectar – because that would be the whole of Australia!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago

    Not so boring guess, an underground canal?

  • No, Betty, it’s not an underground canal, although I can see why that line of thought would emerge.

    – David McMahon

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