Summer of Sunrises

This summer I had a bad work schedule and developed this really bad habit of staying up till past 4am almost every other night – so I decided to document the sunrises from my front window and other locations and called it “Summer of Sunrises” every time I shared a photo. It’s amazing the difference between sunrises day in and day out, I actually didn’t even bother document some because when it rains or is heavily cloudy it’s almost impossible to see even the sun rise, it just gets suddenly light outside. Going back in all my folders to find these I was surprised about how few there actually was in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps next year I will do a more serious summer of sunrise’s documentary…if my sleep allows it. This seems like guilty confession since I’m sure most people my age aren’t awake at 4am, let along multiple times in the same week. It sure was a beautiful summer though, oh and August was a little bare since sunrise started to creep up to past 5am to 6am so I put in a few sunsets.

May 4th 5:22am, the first pre-summer sunrisesunrise

June 4th 4:02am, from front windowsunrise

June 6th 4:25, from the front window sunrise (2)

June 7th 4:23, from the front windowsunrise

June 19th 3:55, from the front windowsunrise

June 28th 4:00am, from front windowsunrise

July 1st 4:11am, from the front windowsunrise

July 3rd 3:54am & 4:29am, from the front windowsunrise (2) sunrise (3)

July 8th 4:15 & 4:31, from Jacques Cartier Bridge sunrisesunrise (2)

July 13th 4:12, from the front windowsunrise Continue reading %s

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Double Exposures: Summer of Sunrises

multiple exposure sunrise (5)I’m a little obsessed with sunrises…I’m sure you’ve guessed that by now. It’s not the healthiest obsession but what obsessions are? I have managed to cultivate a massive collection of not only sunrise photography but also really interesting multiple / double exposures from my early mornings so I thought today I’d show you some. I’ve taken so many in the last 3 months…if you want to know my tips and tricks for striking non-photoshopped double exposures let me know in the comments. Happy to share any camera knowledge I have with you!

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Dawn from the Jacques Cartier Bridge…

My birthday was two weeks ago and I decided to spend the morning watching the sunrise from the bridge near my house. The view from my front window is pretty stunning but I thought it’d be even more beautiful from the bridge. Sadly it just wasn’t a good day for the weather all around so the sun rose into clouds – it kind of ruined there being a super pretty sunrise but I had fun anyways listening to Sparta and Bjork swinging my feet over the river below. It’s definitely something I want to do again this summer even though it’s kind of intimidating being alone on a bridge at dawn.

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52 Weeks of Self-Portraits

15/52 Recharging

52 weeks of self-portraits (2)This week’s self-portrait for my 52 Weeks project is very different from what I had intended. Being on vacation for a solid week I thought for sure I’d be able to find time to spend to do a proper photo-shoot and had envisioned one of my more unusual ideas coming into play…..I may not seem like it but I’m really a go with the flow type of person and if there was one thing my body has been telling me all week, it was that I needed to recharge. With the stress of turning 29 and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and working hard on my passions…I just really needed a break. This photo makes me smile because it was taken on my birthday at 4am sitting on the bridge by my house, and not only am I experiencing one of my longest fears (bridges and heights) but I was watching the sunrise listening to amazing music and doing my favourite thing in the world – taking photographs. The one thing that could have made my birthday anymore special was a day at the beach because I love water (mostly I love the ocean but we don’t have that here in Montreal). Sadly it wasn’t in the cards but yesterday I did go and it was amazing and so refreshing. Some things just make you feel whole again!

Inspiration:

“Through the warmthest
Cord of care
Your love was sent to me

I’m not sure
What to do with it
Or where to put it

I’m so close to tears
And so close to
Simply calling you up
I’m simply suggesting

We go to the hidden place
That we go to the hidden place
We go to the hidden place
We go to a hidden place”

Bjork “Hidden Place”
*I listened to her album Vespertine the whole time I was taking this photos. Such a beautiful song, check it out here!

mermaidHere is a photo of me sitting in the water at the beach pretending to be a mermaid just in case you wanted to see my new hair color (it’s the same but with more of the darker pink and turquoise)

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