Saint Mary’s Polish Dance Group Montreal 1987

Yes once upon a time I was a Polish Folk Dancer and toured with many groups. In my mother’s archives I found these photo’s. I would like to share these with those who were in the group. I do not know all the faces who were in the photo so if you can add a name please do … lets fill in the historical gaps …. The last picture is the one I took of the current Polish Saint Mary’s Fold Dance group in 2016 … the tradition continues …

Keith and Carole

This is my updated installment from my Re-visiting Vancouver series. Yes, it all starts here. These 2 wonderful people, Keith and Carole the potters at the Poplar Studio https://www.facebook.com/ThePoplarStudio/ Dear friends that were there for the many different manifestations of my Live Like Water Tea Room … from Hopkin’s Landing to Chinatown Vancouver and beyond. True friends that are right there with you when you need them the most. As much as we can maintain some connection on line we think we’re fine … but true friendships need re-connections and this is what my re-visit to Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast was all about … and so the first part of the first part of this installment  … stay tuned this story will swell with pictures but for now these portraits …

Cheers Michael

Ocean Destiny

I called this post ocean destiny after the ship in the harbor in one of the pictures. It was an ocean dream that first brought me to these shores of BC. Coming from Pusan, South Korea and returning to Canada this new shore soon became home. Eventually, the current brought me back to Montreal, from which it all began. I have been feeling the need to reconnect with the people that made my stay special and places that were so much a part of who I was. The experience was intense and confined to 7 days. I had packed my photo gear, few clothes and made a plan to do a quick tour with an excursion planed for one of my many happy places … Jericho beach! … And while walking the shore line …  this is where I happened to see Ocean Destiny … these are a collection of pictures taken throughout my short visit.

Journey back to Vancouver

How fitting the new year and new post begin with this story … of a journey to the past, my past, to take inventory so that new beginnings can manifest themselves. It was 2004, Nov, when I packed up my Chinatown Tea Shop and moved back to Montreal. The whole building complex that was home to my Tea Shop is no longer. Vancouver’s old Chinatown is changing, however, for now, Angelo Tosi the Italian food whole sale store is still there. Also Andrew for Gain Wah, a Chinese Restaurant I used to frequent is also open. This has really been a significant re-visit. An amazing 7 day trip revisiting friends and places and getting the opportunity to rephotographing them all these years later. Here is a selection of the different portraits I produced while in BC. I thank all who allowed me to stick the camera in front of my face to capture these points in time. Ella, who loved my suitcase, Carole and Keith from the Poplar Studio, Tom from Tom’s East Vin Brewing (who by the way has some of the most beautiful North Window light), Angelo Tosi in many ways my mentor in business, Andrew Leung of Gain Wah making sure I got my fix of crispy pork and of course Mr. P a good friend and researcher of manufactured landscapes … Thank you all my friends, especially for the much need insight and perspective in my time of mid life inventory.  Tune into the individual shoots as I post them. More to come

Thanks Giving Weekend East Bolton Quebec

We are always thankful especially when we are working on the Live Like Water Retreat in East Bolton. It is a magical place for both my mom and myself. Here are some pictures from our Thanks Giving Weekend. If you have a chance do get out of town and into the country side to enjoy the fall colors. Nature does have healing properties!

Basement Workers

Not everyone ventures to the basement at their work place, and yet the staff of the basement help support the functioning of the top side, day to day world. Here are 3 faces that you might find, if you venture down to the basement of a hospital. And so without further a due I want to introduce you to Elga and Estelle from the laundry department and Mike Black from receiving; an amazing man who manages to find and track boxes without names or room numbers! To me Mr.Black looks like the character from the series Breaking Bad: Heisenberg. What do you think? Potentially his double.I thank all these people for letting me practice my mixed lighting techniques for environmental portraiture. Enjoy. Cheers

The Sadies and guests at Pop Montreal 2016

Well I usually don’t photograph concerts, and to be honest don’t get out too much, that’s because I am in bed by 9 or 10 on most evening. So to be sure this was an exception and gave me the excuse to practice high iso/low lighting situations. The Sadies ( http://thesadies.net/ ) are new to me and the few songs I heard before the concert did strike me. Their concert was very pleasing and I was happy to have been there, way past my bed time. The whole show started with guest Charlotte Cornfield ( http://charlottecornfield.com/ ) and her band mate, followed by Will Mclelland ( http://www.theminted.ca/ ) who read from his fresh novel the Minted. Li’l Andy  ( http://www.lilandy.net/ ) and his band members were next and took thing up a few notches with their energetic set, getting us ready for the Sadies who really rocked the place. A good time was had by all. Thank you all for the music and the enjoyment. Cheers Michael

Polish Mushroom Picking

Just a few pictures to all my friends with a special nod to the Polish / Ukrainian / Russian and other Eastern European friends who have memories and flash backs to the days when mushroom picking was a family activity! Happy mushroom picking everyone!

P.K.Subban at the Montreal Children’s Hospital

This event was quite a last minute surprise, seems no one wants to invite the medical photographers to photograph PR events … come on guy’s we’re not that “Cartesian” ! …well maybe to some extent. As many of you know during lunch I usually walk about the neighborhood and photograph the world around me. This lunch time was special. P.K.Subban was going to give a talk in the Atrium named in his honor. This was interesting. I don’t watch sports and have only heard about this man P.K.Subban. I know I know … that’s just me … I have enough projects to distract me … Anyways here is my lunch time story of what I saw from the sidelines. Enjoy Cheers.

 

My Lolita Story

Now that the ice is melting here I think it is time to turn up the heat on the dirty end of winter … and so an update on an ongoing story  … Over the past few years I have been photographing and reinterpreting the Lolita story; Variations on a theme. I have read and re-read the novel by Vladimir Nabokov and watched the 1962 Stanley Kubrick version of the movie once again; as well as the 1997 version directed by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons: two excellent movies filled with rich imagery. For my own part I had brought together 3 different women who were interested in the theme … stirred in some personal stock images which I have been accumulating over the past few years and concocted this version of my Lolita Story. Enjoy and stay tuned as the story continues to grow … Cheers Michael

To and From the 8.30 to 4.30 job at the MUHC

Moments before, during and after; a series of pictures documenting a day, my day, actually yesterday, Aug 26th, 2016.  From the initial bike ride in to work,  to walking around the Hospital during Lunch Hour; documenting life and the construction in progress, to a journey to Dawson Colleges’ Peace Garden. A magical place. Here is how my day unfolded … Enjoy.

Ana Ruiz and her Flute

I was happy to work with Ana Ruiz a musician who plays the flute. What great energy! Here are the head shots we took this evening. Enjoy. And if you ever see her name as one of the performers go and hear her play!

Cheers Michael

Ana Ruiz

Ana Ruiz

Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts BBQ Fundraiser Event 2016

This afternoon was very well spent at a BBQ event for the M.S.O.P.A (Montreal School of Performing Arts). If you haven’t tried acting this is the place to do it and Josa Maule is your go to person. This was a very pleasant afternoon spent amongst creative and friendly people; real people! Next year is their 25th anniversary … but sure to come out and have fun and eat great Jerk Chicken which Josa prepared! Here are the pictures I took during this event.

To quote Josa website:” Celebrating 24 years Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts (MSOPA) annual  BBQ is a great opportunity to network with other artist in the industry, meet new friends and help raise funds for their on going film / theatre projects, and MSOPA community outreach program, working with Children at Risk and Mental illness. MSOPA has remained an instrumental part of Montreal’s growing Acting Community.  We thank you for your continued support and contributions; we look forward to meeting you at our event.

For further information, please contact Josa Maule at: (514) 483-5526 or e-mail us at:  info@msopa.com

Thank you again for supporting MSOPA.”

 

The Trail Builder

Here is a portrait I took awhile back. I came across this shoot I did with my friend David J. Lane. At the time he was build a trail at the Live Like Water Retreat. David is very good at trail building and really gets into it … as you can see in this photo David is in his element.

The Trail Builder

The Trail Builder

Hydro Tree Pruning

This week I was fortunate to photograph a team of 4 men who were trimming trees  that would potentially interfere with the Hydro high tension wires. These guys were very professional. It was a pleasure to photograph them as they worked. Here are the photographs of the team that work for Asplundh Enjoy. Cheers

Big Leak No Problem part 2: Incontinence

I have been exploring this idea for awhile … UI.  Urinary Incontinence. I was inspired by the Depend brand when they created a campaign and called for people to drop their pants for Underwarness. I was really hoping to have a series in time for my Dawson College portfolio. I had already shot the “Big Leek No Problem” shot but still didn’t have the picture I really wanted and needed. This past summer, with he help of my favorite model Colette,  I finally got the series of shots I wanted. And I I am happy to show you this series. A special thank you to Bin Han my studio partner for helping make this happen. Cheers Michael

Otakuthon 2016 Montreal

I dedicate this post to Howard Naud one of the organizers of the Montreal Otakuthon event. For the past few years he has been convincing me to come and take pictures at the event and every year I was busy or out of town. Also I knew and still know nothing about the characters and the event. This year I said I would make the attempt to go, and had a model who would pose for me and of course Howard would be there; but on the day I was to go both said they would not be able to attend! My security blanket taken away. I was about to cancel myself, but decided to lighten the bag of photography gear I had prepared, which was still too heavy, and forced myself out the door. Here is the edited result, which was no easy feat. I am so very thankful to all the participants who graciously posed for me, your creativity and energy was absolutely amazing! I thank everybody who came to this event and all those who helped make it happen whether I saw you or not you were all part of this amazing experience. Deep bows of gratitude! Cheers Michael (ps to those of you who don’t see your picture here write to me and I will send it your way … there were so many great shots which had to be edited out) 

Russian Lolita

And the plot thickens as they say … a few pictures from my Russian Lolita shoot … I thank our very talented model Liliya and of course my studio partner Bin for being a part of this amazing shoot…great work team Thanks…

Zywiec Polish Beer

One of my new favorite beers, a Polish Beer called Zywiec. I recently had a chance to try and capture this beers essence in studio. This shot is developed,cropped but not retouched. Cheers Michael

Polish Beer Zywiec

Polish Beer Zywiec

Irish Whiskey: Uisce Beatha

This Irish Whiskey: Uisce Beatha claims to have been discovered by monks … Irish Monks and they probably said it was the water of life … not the original water of life as that usually mean piss. Of course I could see how it could be demeaned the water of life … I am Polish after all. I was first attracted to this whiskey in terms of the bottle shape … I am funny that way. It looked like a good candidate to be photographed … and it was. Here is one example of  studio shot took of this bottle … developed, cropped but not retouched. Cheers

Irish Whiskey: Uisce Beatha

Irish Whiskey: Uisce Beatha