Thursday, July 2, 2015

THE SKY WAS NOT ON FIRE LAST NIGHT (365 DAYS, AND THEN SOME)

Last night was the launch of the new season of 
L'INTERNATIONALE DES FEUX LOTO-QUEBEC, 
with a non competing presentation by  
B.E.M FEUX D'ARTIFICE, 
to salute our troops. 
I was not impressed by the whole thing, 
to tell you the truth. 
I usually take between 120 and 200 photos. 
I barely took some 40 pictures, 
and discarded most of them. 
The music felt like filler music from Star Wars, 
even though it was not.... 
I tell you, 
not impressed.... 
Too bad!!





Saturday, June 27, 2015

SEPIA SATURDAY (202)

Looking at the prompt picture on Sepia Saturday this week, 
I felt I had already done hotels and such, 
so I stuck with the idea of corner. 
Who doesn't remember a corner store from their childhood, 
where you could get you candies and newspapers of the day? 
I still remember those tiny tools with an intoxicating chocolate flavor... 
And picking up my father's Saturday edition of The Gazette, Montreal Star and La Presse, 
and my mom's gossip papers.... 
I damn deserved those candies, 
coming back with those huge piles of newspapers in my short arms.


1963. 
This store used to stand on a corner in what we came to know as the Faubourg a M'lasse
because molasses factories where by the river side 
and people living nearby were the main source of labor for those factories. 
Unfortunately for those people residing there, 
cityhall had big plans which didn't include them. 
They were forced to move away 
as the whole district was scheduled for demolition 
to make room for the new headquarters of CBC/Radio-Canada, 
and the Ville-Marie Express way. 
I saw an exhibit a few years ago about old neighborhoods of Montreal 
that disappeared in favor of various projects. 
If that corner store was still standing, 
it'd be smack in the middle of the CBC's parking lot.


As you can see, 
the destruction was total. 
Across the bridge, 
you can see where Expo '67 was to eventually rise on St Helen Island. 
Much was happening in those days.... 


This is a picture I took in 2012. 
You can see the Jacques Cartier Bridge, 
Molson and Radio-Canada, 
standing above most everything else. 
But it has become known that Radio-Canada is looking for a project 
that will revive the district, 
making certain portions opened to habitations 
and its own building to go through some modifications 
to better serve its broadcasting/production needs in this modern age of communication. 

As we mourn certain memories, 
it is certain we never know what's just around the corner. 
The face of Montreal keeps on changing. 
Sometimes, 
you see a blemish. 
Sometimes, 
a touch of lipstick. 
I just hope that further changes will not affect too drastically the locals, 
who are often the most unfortunate among us.


Time to head back to 
Who knows what you'll find there.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

STREET ART (365 DAYS, WHATEVER THAT MEANS)

As far as blogging goes, 
I may be a disgrace this year, 
but there are reasons behind it. 
This said, 
I share with you 
recent pictures captures on the street of Montreal, 
and my interpretation.


Seen in a narrow entry way, 
a graffiti by Oneton. 
Find out more about the artist here.
I chose to name this shot 
"Between X" marks the spot, and artificial tears".


"Urban texture", 
as the artist lay his work on a surface, 
one finds it hard to ignore what lays beneath the paint.


Something else that drew my attention recently 
is a sculpture by Patrick Bérubé, 
"Nos Bergers", 
(Our Shepherds). 
When I first saw this, 
I immediately though of Pinocchio, 
and I was right.... 
Imagine two politicians (liars) meeting, 
standing on sheeps, 
their supporters, 
the people, in fact..... 
You can find out more about the artist and his piece here.


Why not cause a little bit of mayhem. 
"Flipping out" is my version of his piece. 
Politics, 
much like public opinions, 
are always shifty, 
never pretty. 
Art should always raise questions. 
Even unpleasant ones....
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