eighteen shades of gay

The stretch of rue Ste-Catherine between rue St-Hubert and av. Papineau has long been considered the heart of Montréal’s Gay Village.

Every summer, cars are banned and it is converted to a pedestrian mall, covered with millions of coloured balls arranged in a rainbow over the 1km stretch. Read more about the installation, 18 nuances de gai, here.

Turns out that on a sunny day, this is a most awesome place to have lunch (and a beer) on a patio and people-watch!

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Late summer roundup

It feels like ages since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been shooting, but just too lazy to post and write anything compelling.

I won’t deliver any compelling prose here, but rather a mixed bag of images shot late this summer. Some holiday snaps, some observational stuff, some street, some god-knows-what. Gotta keep pressing that shutter button!

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Photo Essay #13: Sunday morning in Chicago

A little over a week ago, I had the privilege to spend the weekend at the Out of Chicago conference (hazard a guess as to where it’s held). Chicago is one heck of a city, and its buildings and people are as photogenic as they get.

On Sunday morning, I wound up getting up very early. My body clock decided that 6AM was time to get up and go. So when the sun is shining, and is still low in they sky, what else could I do? I went for a little photowalk before the day’s proceedings got going.

Here we are on the State Street bridge over the Chicago River. On the left are the iconic Marina Centre towers. At the base of the eastern tower is Wollensky’s Grill, where I found Rick hosing down the patio before another busy day was about to begin. We chatted for a few minutes and he was gracious enough to pose for a quick street portrait. This is a man who takes pride in what he does and you can see it in his eyes.

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There is constant boat traffic on the river: pleasure craft, water taxis, ferries, tourist ships, and this: the yoga cruise. Walking along Wacker Drive I could hear a voice over a tannoy and turned my head to take a look. I had to double take since I’d never seen an entire upper deck of a boat engaged in yoga before.

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The tall shiny buildings downtown make for some spectacular light and reflections at all times of the day. Half the time I wasn’t sure whether my subject was the person/place/thing I pointed my camera at or the shadows!

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In for Out of Chicago

I am so privileged to be able to attend this year’s Out of Chicago summer conference, in, you guessed it, Chicago.

It’s a 2½ day gathering of photographic enthusiasts and pros, where we get together, network, learn from the best and most importantly, get out and shoot!

Chicago is really a photogenic city unlike any other. Vibrant street life, incredible architecture, characters all around. It’s going to be a great weekend!

It’s always sunny in Philadelphia

That’s not really true, of course.

The City of Brotherly Love is quite picturesque, especially around the downtown and City Hall areas. The architecture is truly outstanding and very well maintained.