Solve The Mystery: What Have I Shot Here?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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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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