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Midnight Ballet at the Gesù — Montréal

Last week I went back to my roots.
I started re-doing some­thing that I haven’t done in quite a while because it’s dif­fi­cult and time con­sum­ing. It requires research, scout­ing, patience, a good game plan and did I men­tion patience?

For the first time in a while, I set up a con­cep­tual scene to be pho­tographed where I used  pro­fes­sional per­form­ers.  I’ve always been a huge fan of pho­tographs that tell or sug­gest sto­ries and when I want to make my story super-clear and the story involves peo­ple, once in a while I trade pos­ing for prints or as in this case, I sim­ply hire peo­ple.  I have been doing this on and off for close to two decades with dif­fer­ent sub­ject mat­ter and it gives me a huge thrill every time I do it. It gives you a lot more respon­si­bil­ity though and a lot more to focus on — and I get lost in it. In a good way.

This shoot was dif­fer­ent than pre­vi­ous shoots though because I used inten­tional cam­era move­ment to achieve the painterly effect you see here. I directed the per­form­ers to move in a way that suited this tech­nique at the Gesù Church/Theatre in Mon­treal. Each of these images was shot with a long shut­ter speed and very lit­tle post pro­cess­ing is done on these images. They are mostly cap­tured this way in cam­era. Please feel free to let me know which of these three images you pre­fer and if these types of pho­tographs ‘work’ for you.


Midnight Ballet in Montreal - Image I

Mid­night Bal­let in Mon­treal — Image I

Midnight Ballet in Montreal - Image II

Mid­night Bal­let in Mon­treal — Image II




























Midnight Ballet in Montreal - Image III

Mid­night Bal­let in Mon­treal — Image III

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Our Lady of the Harbour’s Blessing

The Notre Dame de Bon­sec­ours Chapel is the old­est in Old Mon­treal. The orig­i­nal chapel that used to be there was built in the mid 1600’s. Only its foun­da­tion remains. The church  was rebuilt in the 1770’s and has gone through many ren­o­va­tions and much remod­el­ling since then.  It’s an absolutely gor­geous church both inside and out and you can actu­ally see the inside here. The front of the church faces St. Paul street and the back of the church faces the St. Lawrence River which is one of the rea­sons that the church is known as the Sailor’s Church.

The dec­o­ra­tions on the out­side of the church have enthralled Mon­treal­ers and tourists for a long while. The Vir­gin Mary Statue at the back of the church is enor­mous and incred­i­bly impres­sive. Mon­treal poet/singer Leonard Cohen referred to this statue in his song Suzanne as ‘our lady of the har­bour’ and I’ve taken the lib­erty of bor­row­ing a por­tion of that lyric as titles for these images.

Cam­era move­ment allowed me to cap­ture ‘Our lady’ as she blesses the sailors that she watches over. Here are 2 of my favourite images of her ‘bless­ings’. Which one do you prefer?

Our Lady of the Harbour

Our Lady of the Harbour


Our Lady of the Harbour ll

Our Lady of the Har­bour ll


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