What a wonderful and inspirational day yesterday was. Ann Pearson, a senior member of the Montreal Camera Club and organizer of my presentation at the club last fall, invited me to share a day of photography in her home city. Ann wanted to take me to a place where she felt we could experiment, innovate, and be creative. Wow…I knew we were in for a great day!
My day, as always, starts at the Outremont Metro. Thinking I had better warm up my camera and get into the swing of things, I made this image while waiting for the train.
The Outremont Metro
I was a little early, so as I walked toward Ann’s residence, I could see the construction crews were in full swing.
This passionate embrace of equipment speaks to the love affair Montrealer’s are having with their city under construction!
Ann and I met, and soon drove off to the Quebec Archive Building, a place where she had taught many years ago. It didn’t take me long to see why Ann had chosen this building for our shoot; the architecture was outstanding.
With the enthusiasm of a teenager, Ann had her camera out and was hard at work!
Noticing where her camera was pointed, I knew exactly where to start!
Once we figured out the camera’s multiple exposure function, Ann went into creative mode.
Inspired, so did I! This is a reverse double exposure of the staircase.
The next time I looked over at Ann, she was absorbed in the small details right before her eyes; a world I had not even noticed.
Once again, inspired by her vision, I saw my surroundings in a new way, and made one myself!
We took a break and chatted about different ways to interpret our surroundings.
That conversation sparked an idea. I jumped up and made the above impressionist-like image. We looked at the result and were pleased.
On the way home, Ann drove me past some great examples of row-houses with winding staircases; a signature architectural look in Montreal. These are areas I plan to return to.
Thanks Ann for a wonderful day. You are an inspiration.