Montreal never feels like an island to me but travelling by bike circling around Lasalle on the southwest side of the island really did. The double exposures captured from that rainy gray day are half of the St Lawrence river as the bike paths are always within view of it and the canal path lined with power lines and trees. It’s a great path to take, and being our first time we had no idea what to except. We ended up hitting the path heading east right just as the sun set with only the path and power lines in front of us, a bit of serendipity. Although only a few photos were taken I thought I’d share them anyways.
I’ve had the chance to shoot so many double exposures this spring, it’s been really interesting testing out various scenarios and seeing what I can get out of the experience. These are from a picnic me and Victor went on at the Clocktower in Vieux-Montreal. We love biking down there in good weather after we’ve both finished work to watch the sunset once and awhile. Thought I’d share a few of the end results today so here is my point of view of dusk landscapes, with that multiple exposure twist.
Whenever I live in a city too long I was end up finding a new place every few months that I can go to again and again to ‘get away’ from everything. Lately it’s been the Vieux-Port as it’s just a quick walk from my house (which helps when it’s -10 outside). It just calms me down and makes me so happy to be there and it helps that it’s so beautiful right when the sun starts to go down. It has this other wonderful glow about it when the sun hits the trees and the Clocktower and long shadows are cast. Not to mention its right by the river, I get homesick for the ocean so often it feels nice to be near it and it’s easy to forget I live on an island. Oh and yes I’m aware I have a rain drop that smudged my lens – sadly not until I was home. Still wanted to share these despite it.
The summer was sunrises but it appears I’ve switched to collecting sunsets now. I’ve seen so many wonderful ones in the last two months it is hard to say which my favourite was. The ones I’m sharing today were the first of the season just in the very end of August when me and Victor went for an impromptu bike ride in the Vieux-Port and found the usually pretty lame Tower Beach was free and open late (there was also a pretty awesome DJ playing real classics of the late 90s and early 2000s). We had brought a picnic with us randomly so we got to enjoy the sun set while stuffing our face and putting our feet in fake sand (we even sneaked in some alcohol like teenagers). I might have spent a good deal of our time there taking photos of the ever changing and dynamic skyline in front of me instead of relaxing….
Living right beside Vieux-Montreal is probably one of the nicest things about my new apartment. Victor and me walked there a few times last summer but I feel like this summer we are going to be spending a lot more time there. Most people don’t really hang out in Vieux-Montreal because it’s where all the tourist are and everything around there seems to be centered on that. For me though I love it because of the water, it’s probably the only time I remember that I live on an island when I’m looking into the river. My favourite thing about it though is the factory. There is a non-functional (I think) factory at the very edge of it opposite from where we live so it’s quiet a walk through all of Vieux-Montreal but it is beautiful. Before I moved to Montreal I visited here for two weeks and I remember being fascinated about it and wanting to go inside of it and explore. They usually have a fence up around the whole place and fences on the bridges that connect it to the main part of the harbour but I guess that’s change recently because we were able to walk across all the bridges and get right below it. First time I’ve been that close, it was really cool. Thought I’d share some of the photos from out walk, was able to grab some photos of Victor for an upcoming art show I want to do next year – very excited for that as well (cannot share those because I am trying to keep them under wraps). Any places you love to walk near you?