Autumn Leaves

My balcony this autumn has turned into the most wonderful showcase of changing leaf colour, or at least I think so. I was so captured by it that I spent nearly an hour outside just enjoying the breeze, finding color combinations and spending time with Butter. My own overgrown secret garden as I like to think of it.

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Fall in Instax

fall in instax film (2)Now that it’s autumn here in Montreal me and Victor have been trying to hit the road as much as possible before the snow and -40 weather comes.  I usually travel light when biking so my Instax camera has become my go to ride along camera since I can simply stuff it into a small bag and it weighs nothing. Today I’m sharing a  few shots taken during a few different trips around our area this weekend and last. All taken with my Instax Mini 90 with Instax comic film and Instax Alice in Wonderland film.

fall in instax film (4)fall in instax film (6)The start of the journey to Parc de la Cite-du-Havren on the edge of Vieux-Montreal viewing the Clocktower.fall in instax film (2)fall in instax film (5)fall in instax film (3)The Parc de la Cite-du-Havren has wonderful views of downtown and Vieux-Montreal besides just being a nice green space.  There is also a bike path that goes around it so it’s 360 views of the river. It was the first time we’ve been there, on a complete whim too after Victor decided he wanted to check it out.
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The above right photo was taken from our walkway of Butter while we were heading out this weekend on another small trip to Parc Lafontaine. I wasn’t sold on the Alice in Wonderland instax film at first but I quiet like it seeing it in person and it’s very suitable for autumn and Halloween. fall in instax (2)
fall in instax (5)The below photo wasn’t taken on either of these trips, we went on a ride to Mont-Royal last week as the sun was setting so I didn’t end up taking more photos besides this one of Victor eatting polish sausage from our favourite food truck.
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Fall Walks and Picking Flowers

I’ve been talking so much about going for walks to picking flowers to dry for a DIY project I’m doing this month (resin bracelets with dried flowers embedded) so I thought I’d show you bits and pieces from my walks of my many photos of beautiful flowers and leaves. Leaves are my weakness – I can’t just pick up one as I want to find a perfect one…which never happens. Growing up on the West Coast makes it hard for me to remember how stunning Montreal gets in the Fall because I am so programmed to think Spring = Flowers when here it seems the opposite. There wasn’t much selection but the ones that survive this far into the year I find very stunning, it’s almost a shame I had to dry them since I love them much more in this state. I’ll try to give more context under the photos as I feature a lot of different walks…

picking flowers (11) picking flowers (8)picking flowers (9) picking flowers (10)It’s hard to imagine but these flowers are on a medium in the middle of one of the busiest streets in Montreal’s downtown.

picking flowers (28) picking flowers (27) picking flowers (26)I love this bird just chillin’ on a bench and his orange eyes.

picking flowers (23) picking flowers (24)Flowers found on the way to Mont-Royal – one of the most colorful days when it came to the flowers.

picking flowers (2) picking flowers (5)Geting flowers ready to be pressed.

picking flowers (11) picking flowers (12)picking flowers (19) picking flowers (3) picking flowers (9) picking flowers (13) picking flowers (15) picking flowers (16) picking flowers (17) picking flowers (20)picking flowers (14)After one of my first walks of autumn I ended up locking myself out of the house and had to wait for Victor to come home to let me in. In the meantime I sat on the bench on my backyard and took shots of my tupperware container packed with various leaves and flowers.

picking flowers (4) picking flowers (6) Changing leaves are magical, I could look at them forever.

picking flowers (6)picking flowers (1)I have a habit of just filling up my hands with as much as I can before unpacking it into one of the containers I brought along.  This unicorn container is my favourite to bring with me on walks at it’s very compact but still holds a lot of flowers. Plus, WTF.

picking flowers (11) picking flowers (12)This cat was just about exploring between bushes at Parc Laurier and having a great time. She reminds me of the Norwegian Forest bred and seems to be very at home with being in nature. I’ll end with Victor walking into the distance…

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Double Exposure: No Escape from Autumn

multiple exposure autumn trees (4) multiple exposure autumn trees (6) multiple exposure autumn trees (7) multiple exposure autumn trees (11) multiple exposure autumn trees (12)multiple exposure autumn trees (10)multiple exposure autumn trees (5) multiple exposure autumn trees (2) multiple exposure autumn trees (3)Today’s double exposures were all taken at Mont-Royal here in downtown Montreal during a nice day back in earlier October. I have been to the ‘mountain’ a few times this Fall but haven’t been lately (I probably should although I fear I’ve missed the prettiest trees by a few weeks). We sat in one of the fields there between a bunch of trees and had a mini-picnic that only consisted of strawberry cheese cake slices and tarts. I love the name of this set of photos, “No Escape from Autumn” – me being clever I guess. I’d live in a land of infinity autumn just as long as there wasn’t any rain.


October in Review

october in reviewThere was a lot going in October, it felt nice to ease back into the colder months and I really enjoyed the start of autumn. I had so many photos leftover from the summer that I feel October posts has barely scraped the surface of what I’ve been doing this Fall.  It’s kind of crazy how badly my organization gets when I really get into exploring new places and taking photos.  Folders with hundreds of photographs to sort through and post about…it makes me long to be a film photographer instead of digital where you have to limit yourself. I’ve barely even shared what I’ve been doing in September at all, let alone October last month. I’m always in need of better photograph organization, which is strange because for life things I’m super organized – friends even tease me about it. I am confident that in November I’ll have to chance share some of my explorations with you. I also really want to start using my older cameras again – I find they aren’t well suited for the summer but I love using them around this time of year. Beside the mayhem which is my photography storage I’ve been a bit off this month, I don’t think its seasonal depression (which I get every year at some point especially if it rains too much) but I’m definitely depressed about something. Maybe it’s uneasiness with where I am currently at in my life, or other big life questions things. I feel like I’ve progressed a lot with my photography and life but at the time a lot of things haven’t and I’m still very much stuck. I am hoping to get a chance in November to step back and pinpoint what the issue is so I can work towards some sort of resolution or set a goal so I can feel more fulfilled with my personal life and my photography. The big issue right now is getting my professional website up and working towards a series of photographs I’d like to exhibit next year.  In the mean time I’ve been focusing on crafting and projects that don’t include a lot of stress. I managed to finish my long wanted project of refurbishing my coffee table by covering  it with artist stickers. I’ve also started making a set of cranes for a friend who wants to hang them in her bedroom and I’ve started making dragon scale maille bracelets and earrings, as well as slide necklaces. Crafting always makes me happy. I don’t understand how people with Etsy stores do it though without stressing – at least when I’m doing it’s for friends so I don’t have to obsess about perfection (which I still kind of do anyways). I sometimes contemplate throwing some of my crafts up on my Storenvy but always decided against it. Speaking of stores though, Society6 is having a discount right now for $5 off each print and free international shipping. I’ve picked up a few artists prints already and if you like any of the photography I have up on my store, it’s the perfect time to buy for Christmas. Okay now that my sales pitch is over, hope you had a great October – are you dreading the impeding winter?

a few select posts from October:

Monthly DIY: Resin Sticker Tableresin-sticker-table-diy-21

Double Exposure: Jacques Cartier at Duskmultiple-double-exposure-sunset-12

52 Weeks of Self-Portrait: Protege-Moi52-weeks-of-self-portraits-21

Things That Make Me Smile things-that-make-me-smile-22

Fall in Instant: Camping and Lake Ontariofuji-instax-mini-film-instant-photography-15

Double Exposure: Bridges and Factoriesdouble-exposure-montreal-2

Beach Polaroidspolaroid-super-shot-instant-photography-19

Featured Artists: Maryana Kopylova

What I’ve Been Listening To:

What I’ve Been Reading:

  • J.R.R. Tolkien “Tales from the Perilous Realm”
  • X-Men “Astonishing x-Men Volume 2”

Things That Make Me Smile

This month’s “Things That Make Me Smile” features photos from walks around Montreal I’ve been going on with Victor plus Halloween bits and bobs. I’m always excited in October, as Goth Christmas used to be the biggest deal for me. The last few years (heaven forbid I’m getting old and losing my touch) I’ve haven’t gotten too crazy to Halloween but it’s still fun.  I miss having a front door to decorate and give out candy to neighborhood kids or going to the Basement for a big party. I really should have just convinced Victor to go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with me this year – I’ve never been before but have always wanted to go. Regardless it’s been a great month, here are the moments that really made it…

things that make me smile - CopyPicking flowers  to press! Although I think I enjoy the picking process more than the pressing process. Flowers look so amazing when they are fresh.

things that make me smile (4) things that make me smile (3)This house has some impressive vines. I love that we have vines on our balcony but I dream of the day I can own a house covered in them.

things that make me smile (2)Victor and I’s initials carved into the sidewalk outside of our house. They did construction on our street for 5 months and just finished in the beginning of October – even though they had a security guard I managed to write in the cement before it dried for all the days woken up to drills.

forest cemetery (61)This photo isn’t from October but I had to include it. This portrait of John on his tombstone was really touching.

things that make me smile (1)Maple Leaves! Even though these are the icon of Canada we don’t have many maple trees on the West Coast so living in Montreal gives me a chance to enjoy them and their amazing colors.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (6)Starchild Stela had a show here in Montreal during October, it featured a wide range of her work from paintings, illustrations, to photography of her graffiti, and her newest work with silk screening and doilies. She included two photos that I took in her show (in the first picture) which was really awesome. Check her out if you haven’t already!

things that make me smile (8)things that make me smile (9)I love the flowers that are still kicking around in Fall. I find Montreal looks the most pretty as a city in October. My little unicorn container is where I put all my flowers that I need to get home safe to press.

things that make me smile (2)What’s more perfect than a walk surrounded by this?

things that make me smile (10)All the Halloween goodies I managed to find around town. I love the skull decanter & shot glasses the most.

things that make me smileMy snail mail setup with spooky postcards/cards, stickers, and stamps. These stamps are holographic and feature various ghosts apart of Canadian folklore – so awesome.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smileThis is my anniversary present! I found this Halloween snow globe just waiting in line at Winners. I immediately picked it up and shock it so all the black sparkles went everywhere and was delighted. The best thing though – it plays music too. Probably the best anniversary present I will ever get from Victor – honestly it’s so cool. He wanted to buy me another one but when we went back a 2nd time they had all disappeared.

things that make me smile (5)The coloring on this graffiti piece is sublime.

things that make me smileMy sticker table! I spent so many hours this month getting this all together. It always rewarding when a project works out wonderfully.

things that make me smile (3)This part of pressing flowers is not as fun as picking them but I love laying them out and seeing how pretty they are.

things that make me smile (1)things that make me smile (2)Enjoying both the best strawberry cheesecake in Montreal and Mont-Royal on a warm day.

things that make me smile (4)things that make me smile (5) things that make me smile (6)We found the best street in the Plateau area of Montreal for Halloween decorations.

Well this month was cramped packed. I honestly had a lot more that I could have chosen as well. Everything about this month and Halloween make me grin from ear to ear. At work I plan on dressing up and having even more fun and I’ll also be doing a special Halloween post tomorrow.


52 Weeks of Self-Portrait: Autumn

30/52 Autumn

citizen erased photography 52 weeks of self portrait  (1)Spent so much of my week going for walks and enjoying Montreal while I can before it’s hide-inside-season. This self-portrait was taken at Parc LaFontaine while I was passing by. I was taking photos of the trees as I just love the ever changing colors of the leaves and this tree seemed to have every color imaginable. After a few shots of the tree I decided I wanted to be a part of it and devised this shot. It took a few tries to get one I really like but this feels the most special and is only the 2nd double exposure I shot of the day. I’ve included another one below that I also really like – it’s hard to choose some weeks what photo to feature. Also my inspiration for this week and worth a listen is my wonderful boyfriend’s mixtape. It’s his first one he’s made and he decided to feature only Montreal electronic artists, I think it’s really mellow and perfect for the season!


Vic Mella ‘MTL Fine Cuisine Mixtape’

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Fall in Instant: Autumn Walks

It’s wonderful right now in Montreal, it’s cool enough to walk around with a light jacket but still warm enough to enjoy being outside without all the hassle of humidity and clothes sticking to you because it’s a million degrees.  I have so much love for a nice autumn, and it’s been raining a lot less than our summer which is a nice bonus. I’ve been celebrating by going for walks whenever I can with Victor. Mostly so I can find new areas to place cranes for my project, or to steal flowers. Victor tries to tell me I’m a big thief but I mostly take from public gardens not people’s gardens plus in a month they will be in snow so a flower top here and a leaf there is hardly going to be missed. I love being on the hunt for unique places to hang cranes and finding flowers along the way to stuff into the Tupperware container in my camera bag. Adds so much fun to regular walk. I need the flowers for making resin bracelets next month so I’m trying to collect them all now so I can dry them out before. I use to dry clovers all the time as a kid but never really did it outside of that so it’s completely new to me (I’m sure any pros can tell since my selection probably has tons of flowers and leaves that don’t dry well – tips are welcome and appreciated in the comments). I wanted to share some of the photos from our walks that I’ve taken with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. They are bit dark on some and too light on others – I’m not a master of guessing the lighting of this camera yet.

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Fall portrait

victor (18)So many photos from November I haven’t even shared yet…I cannot help but reminiscence about the colorful leaves on the ground, right now it’s just grey outside for days on end. I cannot wait until snow reaches as far as my eyes can see. I love that feeling like you are in a snow globe – all snuggly and warm surrounded by snow. I keep seeing photos of people in the woods during winter and feeling pangs in my stomach because I would love that so much. Some days being a transit girl for life just bums me out. When you live in a city you really need a car to escape it. The photos today are of Victor taken a few weeks ago at the bottom of Mont-Royal. His birthday is next week on December 10th and he is turning 32! So this is my birthday post of sorts to him looking all cute in the leaves.
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I love the last photo of his silly face. I always take a photo of us together when we do things because I print them off and create a little book at the end of the year for our anniversary.

victor (25)I loved my outfit so I made Victor take photos of me and then I decided to do the can-can.

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Autumn Walk

In October I made myself a promise that I’d go on a long walk at least once a week, and so far I’ve been doing a really good job of that. It’s my favourite season but the colder tempatures and clouds usually keep me inside so it’s been nice to drag myself outside and really enjoy the falling leaves and the amazing colors. These are from a few weeks ago, I thought about smushing them all together but last weekend we went to Mont-Royal and I took a few too many photos. It’s nice just taking fun pictures and not being stressed out about making sure they are perfect – and throwing leaves at the camera. I’ve been working for the last month on some old photographs for a seriers of postcards I am getting made so it’s nice to have a break. I’ll be sprinkling a few comments along with the photos taken in Parc La Fontaine.

autumn walk (2)autumn walk (3)autumn walk (4)I sat on one of the benchs infront of the lake by myself for awhile before meeting up with Victor and just spent some time taking photos with my Kodak Dualflex (here)

Kodak Dualflex (3)autumn walk (9)     Meet up with Victor at the metro and walked back to the park marvelling at all the leaves on the ground.

autumn walk (11) autumn walk (12) autumn walk (13)Portraits of us getting ready to throw leaves about and have fun.

autumn walk (15)autumn walk (16) autumn walk (17) autumn walk (18) autumn walk (31)autumn walk (38)And now for silly gifs of me and Victor throwing leaves at the camera. These just make me smile so much!
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The geese kept swooping in and out beside us.

autumn walk (21)Some stills of us throwing leaves, they are hilarious. I love throwing leaves photos even if I can never get the leaves in focus.

autumn walk (37)autumn walk (24)autumn walk (39)   Enough smiles time for serious faces, lol.

autumn walk (47)autumn walk (49)The sun started to hide so we went around the lake and headed off home.

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I also picked up some really bright red leaves to try and press at home.

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It’s so nice being 15minutesaway from a big parc when you live in a city. Next spring I think we will be spending a lot of time here. I love just walking around with Victor. This weekend we are going to investigate the side of Mont-Royal where the cemetary is so that should be fun.