Street View: Breil-sur-Roya

A boy on scooter speeding down an alleyway

Breil is perched in a quiet valley about an hour’s drive north of Nice. It is popular for trout fishing, historic walks and visits to the surrounding olive groves, so unsurprisingly it is not exactly a hotspot for international tourists. It is therefore tempting to dismiss it as a clichéd sleepy town, and I guess in many ways that would be accurate.

But the reason I love street photography is that it can capture a certain microcosm of interesting relationships between people and their built-up environment that is not necessarily obvious at first glance. Breil didn’t disappoint me.

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