Montreal Residency – Day 17

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.

7 Comment

  1. Chris Wright says: Reply

    That spiral staircase is just “delicious” Chris. Nice symmetry and balance between the slender railing element and blocky components.

  2. Adbhuta Ananda says: Reply

    I saw the strength of the slim pilers allowing the light from the windows to radiate through the “lacy” railings.
    The spiral staircase lifted my focus upward through that light. Must have been a powerful space to work in.

  3. I’m in love with the staircase Chris! So happy that Ann, my amazing friend was with you.

    1. chris says: Reply

      We had a wonderful day together; thanks Sylvia.

  4. valerie Hensley says: Reply

    ditto on the staircase. Cool white images!

  5. Such a pleasure to see your creative take on Montreal’s architecture.

    Thanks again for your visit!!!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you Katherine, I had a great time in Montreal and so enjoyed exploring and my favourite city! I’ll be back!

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