Cityscapes are such a great way to get the feel of a city and see its history without bias. One of the reasons why I like to capture double exposures of Montreal is because it feels like a new way to capture the city instead of overly used airplane views you see in tourist shops or even the more modern urban landscapes of new. I feel as well that landscape photography is primarily done by men so it’s nice to shoot something not consider covenantal (no stats on that statement but the ‘famous’ ones are predominately male like in most forms of photography). It also feels nice to capture the Montreal people are familiar with but in a way that might make them question what they even be looking at or taking a second to see a familiar landmark.
My beautiful friend Lisa-Michelle’s birthday is this week, she is the best model I have had the experience of shooting so I thought I’d share some old portraits I took of her from 2007? 2008? It feels like yesterday to me even though I know it’s been a long time. I miss shooting her. I mean I get to every time I visit Vancouver which is every 2-3 years but it’s not the same. Before we use to go on adventures and just walk around Vancouver together shooting along the way. Both times I’ve shot her in the last 5 years it felt so rushed, mostly my fault since I try and cram my schedule full when I’m in town visiting. I also haven’t gotten any more use to other people take photos of me (she’s a photographer too) so I feel like I’m letting her down with my terrible posing and permanent awkwardness. There is always next time though, I will have a whole collection of her over the years. These to me are some of my favourite portraits, she is just the best.
Last month I had a chance to check out Prince Edward Country that’s on the northern part of Lake Ontario. I grabbed a few double exposures while there that I thought I’d share. These are just kind of random moments from the trip from our ferry ride over there to the Sandbanks beach where we swam.
It’s been almost a year since I went on a trip to Prince Edward Island and somehow I never shared these cool multiple/ double exposures with you. I wish I was going back again this year, it was so nice! Me and Victor went by car with my friend Zara to go camping for a few days last August. Both me and Victor fell in love and have decided at some point when we are financially able we’d love to go there every summer and just spend a few months enjoy the air and ocean. It was so beautiful. Most of these double exposures are taken at one of many graveyards we passed along the road and at the north tip of PEI (the lighthouse and ocean shots). Hope to go back soon!
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!
“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!
It’s probably one of the worst starts to a summer we’ve had in Montreal in the last few years but at least all this rain means amazing clouds. I’ve been taking so many photos of clouds recently to take advantage of this. I find double exposures using clouds are pretty tricky. I’m not completely in love with the few shots I’ve taken over the last two weeks but thought I’d share them. The one above and below are the more successful ones. Also sorry if the exposure is all over the place, most of the photos were taken on different day.
A collection of portraits of my best friend Ana taken while I was in town (Vancouver) last summer for a week. We managed to take these on my very last day there at the school yard where we spent way too much of our early 20’s in. I know you’re thinking “why did you hang around an elementary school in your 20s?” ….well for 5 years it was the only thing in between my apartment and her’s and we really liked midnight walks. It’s pretty hard to imagine that I went from living less than a block away from her to seeing her twice in 5 years. Have to admit I miss her face so much, but going through and editing these photos really made me happy. The perfect birthday gift for me would be to spend it with her, but another year passes and that’s just not in the cards. Hope you enjoyed these, and if you want to see some non-double exposure shoots I took of her I posted some awhile back, here!
I’ve being doing a lot of double exposures this winter as they are really fun during this season since there is so much white space to play around with. It’s hard in some cases like landscape shots but I find doing upside down second exposure is a great work around if you have the sky (ie too much light) in your first shot. If you have never taken an upside down double exposure (no idea if there is some fancy name for this method) it’s exactly what you think it is. You basically take one shot regularly and then flip the camera so it’s upside down for your second exposure. It helps minimize the white space as the ground is now the sky and I find that middle ground area ends up getting really neat geometric patterns in it (great for sunsets). Examples of this are all over these shots, see if you can tell which ones are taken with this method ( I’ll give you a tip – the first one is ). There are a few too many photos today that are kinda the same but I really like all the variations.
I feel like these photos were taken ages ago, although to be fair it was only a month ago. I went a little crazy and ended up with over 200 photos from my trip to Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Fete Des Neiges festival (still haven’t posted photos from the event either). I am so bad about posting photos around the same time I take them because of this – my procrastination for photo sorting is my weakness.
These double exposures were taken during my train journey from Montreal to Toronto that happened in the beginning of February. Although the train glass was beyond dirty I just had to try and capture the snowy landscapes that we kept passing as well as the view of Lake Ontario.
The below shots are the view from our hotel room during the first day of our trip. Taking photos of the CN Tower feels super cheesy but I love taking city landscapes shots for double exposure shots and it’s kind of hard to miss the tower when in Toronto. Tomorrow I have a bunch of regular photos taken with my Nikon during my trip so make sure to check them out too. It was a really fun trip and although I never take as many photos as I think I will when there it’s still a lot by normal people’s standards I think, lol.