The Peanut in Acros

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We have this great peanut-shaped lamp in our living room; a study in minimalism, it has clean lines and gives off a nice, diffuse glow.

I’ve always wanted to shoot it, but there are only so many ways it can be shot with visual interest. Then it hit me: what about a double exposure?

These are all in-camera Acros double exposures on my X-T2, straight out of camera.

(Click on an image to see it in a lightbox)

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Câline de blues

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A blue sky is something to be celebrated at this time of year. It’s all too rare.

They say you get the blues when you’re down; I find blue in the right places uplifting. Liberating. Light.

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After the cold

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Winter has arrived early and aggressively this year in Ottawa. There’s been snow on the ground since just after Remembrance Day and it hasn’t let up, with record-cold temperatures for the past 10 days.

The cold has finally let up, and fog came in its wake.

This is gonna be a long one.

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A little stroll down Duluth St.

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Duluth Street runs from the foot of Mount Royal park all the way to Parc Lafontaine. A narrow street, it’s dotted with boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafés intermingled with the apartments and old walk-ups. It’s a quintessential part of the “Plateau” that just shimmers in the low autumn sun.

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The Painted City

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The Plateau Mont-Royal arrondissement (district) has transformed radically over the years. Traditionally a haven for bohemians and artists, the Plateau has been gentrifying for what seems like forever now, but it hasn’t lost its unique flare.

One thing that stands out is the sheer quantity of murals everywhere. On the sides of commercial buildings, residential buildings, new buildings, old buildings, there’s barely a square meter of blank wall to be found.

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A picture is worth 1000 words

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In 2017 I had started a photo blog, but after a few months I lost my focus and abandoned it. After experimenting with numerous photography sites (500px, Adobe Portfolio) and social platforms (Ello, Tumblr, Instagram) I realized that the blog helped me do something that all the those sites couldn’t: tell my story with my voice on my terms. I missed doing that, so here I am once again.

Last week I had the good fortune to take a workshop with the inimitable Patrick La Roque, a Montreal-based photographer who teaches visual storytelling. It was lots of fun, I learned a lot (although less than a week later I feel like I’ve forgotten most everything!) and Patrick’s sage advice showed me how to weave a thread through my images, tying them together not only thematically but also stylistically.

What stories? Great question. I’m not entirely sure yet.

Let’s kick this off with images from an early morning walkabout in Montreal during my workshop and see where things go.

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