Time, time, time

I wish I could spend all my time doing art - just wandering around taking pictures, coming home to chill out while working on them, and somehow the house would always be clean, maintained, and fully stocked.

I have too much to do to be able to add more. A weekly challenge, ok - it doesn’t sound like much, but I like to take my time when it comes to my photography. If I had endless amounts of time, I would only do photography… But I have bills, I ain’t rich, so I work, pay the bills, clean the apartment, feed the cats, and keep the pantry full. In the end, the time I have left is for my GF and to take a breath.

No - I would rather have time to work on my pictures, to wander with my camera, to do it the way I like to do it.

So yeah, challenge, maybe when I have more time; for now, I’d rather just take the time to do what I want, and do it well. So yeah, maybe another time…

If I was able to walk, I would be outside today with the students, because it is time.

Time to think…

Time to give a voice to the planet…

Time to change.

Time, time, time, time to think, time to have a voice for the planet. Time to change. There is no planet B.

Time, time, time, time to think, time to have a voice for the planet. Time to change. There is no planet B.

The storm, Week 3 of the Dogwood Challenge

Week 3 of the Dogwood Challenge 2019

My goal this week was to take a simple but amazing black and white photograph of any subject of my choosing.

This past Sunday we had our first big snowstorm of the year, topped with a polar vortex. It was -19°C with a windchill of -29°C, and I need new winter boots… So cold…

I might have to burn a few matches to stay warm, like in the Little Match Girl fairy-tale. Thankfully, my story is not that bleak; I just need to go and try to find warm vegan winter boots. If you know any good locations in Montreal, let me know.

Stay frosty (or toasty, depending on your location)!

The Straw, Week 2 of the Dogwood Challenge

Rule of Thirds Motion

If you didn’t know, there is a rule of composition that is often applied in photography: the rule of thirds. Basically, you cut the picture in 1/3 on each axis and place your subject on the intersection of these lines. We can use this to show motion in pictures, like I have for this week’s chalenge. 

If you didn’t know already, I like discarded stuff... This one is a study of our society. So here you have it: my contribution for this week, taking a different angle on the subject matter, along with an extra dose of discarded - Straw I, II and the T-Bag. Personally, I like the golden ratio better when it comes to composition, but it depends on the picture. Rules are meant to be broken.

These unused plastic straws had been tossed in the back alley - not even the trash. They point toward passers by and a manhole, while in the back, there sits an all-you-can-eat restaurant. In some ways, this represents us as a society; blind to the consequences of our actions on our world. If you ask me, I think that a bigger problem is that we let corporations hide the truth of our actions to us when we use the good and services that they offer.

Taking part in the Dogwood 52 Week Photography Challenge

Hey everyone!

A long time ago in a galaxy… A few year ago I did a Picture a day project for more than a year. And now in a galaxy not so far away and not so long ago I doing another year long project.

I was great to challenge myself and to open my eyes to the world we live in. This year I hopping on the Dogwood 52 week photography challenge. So I intend to post these on every sunday.

https://dogwood.photography/52weekchallenge2019#

Week one Week 1 Story Telling: Self-Portrait.

Well I do a lot of street photography so here we go!

A few hours in Toronto

Every year, me and the twin usually go on a small road trip. This year we decided to check out Toronto, since both of us had seen it from the 401 a few times but had never really stopped to experience it. The goal was the get a feel for the city and to see if we would be interested in coming back for a longer stay.

 

We end up spending about 24 hours in Toronto. You’ll see a glimpse of it in these pictures, but I have to admit that downtown Toronto feels a bit like midtown NYC. I know they are different cities in many ways, but they have a similar vibe.

 

Next day we hit the road again...


 

Toronto, it was fun - see you soon (very soon)!!

 

Walking the Colours

I went to a photowalk, but the leader was not there in time. He was really late - even worse than me (wink)!

While we waited, I went inside the Place des Arts. This will be a recognizable place for locals. This passage is part of the Underground City in Montréal and, I have to say, as a street photographer, it is quite nice, especially when outside is the temperature of a freezer. Even in the summer it is an oasis away from the harsh sun with the pleasant breeze of AC rustling overhead.

In the end, I waited for some cool colors and someone to walk in front of them. There are some recesses of light in the ceiling, and you can wait for someone to walk beneath them. Since it was 10 am and they were in the process of removing the outdoor stage at the Place des Spectacles, we had to wait a while.

 

A walk with André

On the first of April, I went for a walk around town with another photographer from my neighborhood. We didn't have the best weather, but we had fun. 

All my pictures were taken with my Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF 23mm F1.4 and XF 35mm f2 lenses. 

Le premier Avril j'ai été faire de la photo avec André, un autre photographe de mon cartier. Nous avons pas eu la meilleur météo, mais nous avouns eu du plaisir.

 

Here is a picture that Andre took of me:
Voici une photo de moi que André a pris de moi: 
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