Montreal Residency – Day 22

Multiple Perspective Photography

Walking along Saint Laurent Boulevard in the multi-cultural ‘Le Plateau’ area of Montreal, I was struck by the emotional and physical complexities of urban life compared to the seemingly simpler life and landscape of my rural home in BC. Vehicle traffic of every kind; cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, hybrid bicycles and scooters, and skateboards were passing me at various speeds from all directions. There was also the noise factor, and the disorienting fact that there was no horizon to be seen anywhere. Beyond that, 100’s of people speaking various languages, from all walks of life were weaving in and out around me amidst architectural beauty and mural artwork. All together, the scene was chaos, yet there was a natural rhythm to it; the scene was energizing, yet I often felt drained.

The narrative was complex. so with camera in-hand, I attempted to capture it in photographic imagery.


The goal of good composition is to capture the viewer’s attention, and contain that attention within the entire pictorial space for as long a period of time as possible. By joining the pedestrian in the above two images, we can likewise spend time exploring and experiencing the urban chaos. The triangular space of entry to join these two narratives of ‘experiencing’ city life is also critical to both compositions.

Making an image from several perspectives deconstructs physical realities and reassembles them as new realities. 

One of the things that Rita and I have enjoyed about Montreal is the proximity of learning institutions to the downtown core, and the resulting exchange of energy. McGill University, for example, extends from the slopes of Mount Royal to downtown Sherbrooke Street. This photograph captures this avenue of human exchange, as students travel from metro stations and city skyscrapers to the beautifully treed campus of McGill.

For me, this ‘multiple perspective’ photograph portrays the vibrant exchange of energy in the modern-day city of Montreal. I love this multi-cultural city and I have truly enjoyed my month-long photographic residency here. Merci pour l’expérience. 


In conclusion, I find that experiencing the pictorial space of a photograph is much more powerful than merely glancing at it. ‘Multiple Perspective’ photographs are designed to invite and encourage viewers to participate in the creators experience of making the image, as well as to enjoy their own experiential narrative. I hope these photographs encourage questions, not only about the new physical reality of the image, but also about the artist.

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13 Comment

  1. Lynda Miller says: Reply

    I have enjoyed your multiple perspective and how you describe your feelings alongside the images in this post.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you for following; I appreciated your comments Lynda!

  2. Neil Cochran says: Reply

    Some of your most creative material yet. Psychedelic!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you for following; I have appreciated your comments!

  3. David Williams says: Reply

    I thank you so much for sharing you month long residency in Montreal. The multiple perspective approach is very engaging. The observer cannot help but be drawn in.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thanks David. Happy to hear you joined the journey!

  4. Bob Steventon says: Reply

    I was at McGill from 1964-1968. I lived first on campus but later east on Sainte-Famille and then further east on Av Coloniale. I have lapped up the 22 days of this blog — it has left me reliving the experience of being in Montreal 50 years ago. The spirit of the city hasn’t changed much at all. I couldn’t capture this but you have.

    1. chris says: Reply

      Hi Bob. Thanks for connecting and sharing your connection with Montreal. Hoping all is well in PG! Chris

  5. Chris, I think this multiple perspective imagery, with commentary, is your most interesting of your month in Montreal. Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thank you for following Pat. I appreciated your comments! See you in WL!!

  6. Adbhuta Ananda says: Reply

    I love the way you have captured the multiple perspective of this colourful, vibrant chaos. Your comments added depth to the experience as well. Thank you for taking us on this wonderful journey into your past.

  7. Avril says: Reply

    I love these photographs, Chris! I lived in Montreal for 5 years (did I already mention that?) and I find these images really capture the feeling of the city – vibrantly and colourfully chaotic, yet with a rhythm all its own. Félicitations!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Thanks for coming back to Montreal with me Avril. Glad you enjoyed the visit!!

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