Me and Victor have been exploring and biking around Montreal the moment we bought our new bikes this past spring, even though we haven’t been having the greatest weather here. Going through these somewhat old photos makes me feel nostalgic since we have been taking a bit of break with riding since my bike needed repair. Somehow while in Vancouver my rear tire managed to tear and come off the rim and we haven’t had much spare money around to buy a new tire, and we are also both hopeless at bike repairs. Crossing my fingers we get back into our weekend rides this month so we can enjoy the last bit of year before the snow comes. These were taken during a short ride just past Vieux-Port in June on a rainy day. The best part of the ride was watching the reflections on the canal as we rode and by change spotting a wild fox that was hanging out by a shipping yard amongst the crates.
Today’s double exposures were taken a while back in early spring when me and Victor walked around our favourite area of Vieux-Montreal close to the docks. I am not sure how long this metal ironworks statue has been in place beside the silos since this was the first time we had adventures around the building (photos here). Sitting just outside the fence line on the edge of the small peninsula I think the statue vastly improves the cityscape behind and I just had to capture the sculpture from a few different angles.
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.
“Over and outside
Dark lights will fly
Over a new sky
I don’t wonder
Oh why you might”
Last week I was light on posts so I thought today we’d have a double feature to make up for it, not to mention I have so many recent double exposures that I want to share. I’ve taken a ton of photographs of the Silo #5 building in the past, the most recent being the “We Wait for Trains That Just Aren’t Coming” . These were actually taken on the same day from the other side of the canel so you can get a much better idea of the expanse of the structure. I enjoy anytime I can play with multiple exposure and reflections on water at the same time. I probably should have shared less photos but sometimes I can’t help myself. I do love this building very much.
Last weekend when Victor and I went thrifting in the Sainte-Marie area we spotted a water tower in the skyline and decided to check it out. I think we’ve walked by it before but this was the first time we had a good look at it. I snapped a few multiple exposures to show you and added it to my list of things I want to climb. I even figured out a really interesting route of getting to the base of it so it would be possible to climb up its narrow barely there ladder to the top ring. Although my photos don’t really show it, it happens to be on top of the roof of an abandoned factory building (that looks like it might be getting converted into condos soon). So it’s a pretty tricky to get access to it. Victor thinks I’m nuts because it would require going up the fire escapes of the buildings adjacent to it and getting on their roofs before hopping across the different leveled roofs of the factory buildings before you get to the base. I remember always climbing onto the roof of my elementary school and my two story house when I was really young, clearly I haven’t grow out of it. Might not happen but I’d like to think I could try this summer. Oh, I also included double exposures of the church that was in the same area.
Victor and I went on our first proper walk of Spring and visited Vieux-Port last weekend. I’ve taken so many photos of this area before but it’s just one of the most beautiful views you can get living in the downtown Montreal. I love being near the harbour and having such a nice walk along the river accessible at any time. Something new, we noticed that the abandoned Silo #5 which usually has frequently patrol guards around it was mysteriously empty except a few locals that had gotten inside the fence. We decided to investigate further even though the sun was starting to set and the air was getting a bit chilly as it probably one of the few chances we will ever get. The hole in the fence was easy to find and there was an amazing metal statue constructed to one side of the building which just took my breath away (I love really rough metal statues that can almost be misconstrued as scrape). It was pretty neat just to view the underside of the lines that normally connect the factory to trains. The other side of the silos was not very interesting and the graffiti on it was pretty subpar so I didn’t take too many photos once inside the fance except of the lines. Victor also climbed up the wall of the factory and found a way to get in but because I’m still recovering and since Victor really wasn’t in the mood so we didn’t investigate further and try to get inside. Which is really too bad as I’d love to see the inside and I’m pretty sure the next time we go the security patrols will be back. I feel like climbing this summer – hopefully I get the chance. Here are my photos!
I love walking around Vieux-Port and staring at the St Lawrence River going by. I find it easy to get lost in the moment when I’m near water. The black and white double exposures I feel showcase that lost feeling. No snow in them because they were taken back in November before winter had taken full effect. I haven’t had much time to go down there lately because the docks are especially cold and Montreal can be quiet windy. Side note, over the next few months I want to show some of my older double exposures maybe even some from when I lived in Vancouver as I feel like my technique has really changed over the course of the last few years. Going forward this year I am really excited to continue to work on my multiple exposures and see where it’ll take me.
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 self-portrait for this week’s contribution to my 52 Weeks of Self-Portraits was taken during a walk around the harbour in Vieux-Montreal on Thursday. I was walking around listening to Our Lady Peace and just enjoying the crisp air that happens when it’s about to rain (it did rain on me a little bit towards the end). I had a discussion with Victor about the photo because he doesn’t think a photo of my feet constitutes a ‘self-portrait’ which I argued is fair but at the same time – it is a body part. I’ve also included a photo of my feet before in this project so I’ve already created a president anyways. I had planned to take another photo but I fell in love this multiple exposure, and how the pebbles of the pavement made the shot of the harbour look like it is under shallow water or being besieged in snow. I took a few as well by the Clock tower, perhaps it was my cloud socks that attracted me – I have a habit of taking photos of my socks and leggings. Lol. They are my favourite fashion accessory but I know there are those that groan at people who take photos of their feet…I just can’t help it. I am hopefully changing my dull faded hair color this week btw as my hair dye is finally being shipped! I wish it was possible to find Special Effects dye in Montreal. Sadly I have to buy from Vancouver so it takes a little while. You’ll have to see next week what color I’ve decided to do.
Like a machine they’ll fix you from the start
I’m in repair
The life that we share
I know that I’ll be lost in
But we’re always in repair”