Good Friday and Easter Celebration

 

Today being Good Friday in our Easter calendar I have decided to post a collection of Good Friday & Easter images. A special nod to my beloved Aunt Sister Helen who introduced me to 3 very special people: Father Paul Geraghty, Father Gerry Westphal and Father Paul Pomkoski. Over the years I have come to know and photograph these special men for various projects. They have helped to inspire and guide me.  And  so I present these pictures; my Easter Dedication … and if you find yourself so inclined do try to attend mass at any of the following parishes:

Fr. Paul Geraghty Parochial Administrator – St. Anthony of Padua Parish (514) 932-7597
Fr. Gerald Westphal Chaplain – Newman Centre McGill University (514) 398-4106 or (514) 398-4107
Fr. Paul Pomkoski
Parochial Administrator – St. Brendan Parish
Parochial Administrator – St. Aloysius Parish (514) 351-3281
Fr. Paul Pomkoski Parochial Administrator St. Brendan Parish  http://catholicmontreal.ca/item/pomkoski-fr-paul/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aboriginal Day Montreal Children’s Hospital

  Well, on Thursday June 21st my usual lunch hour walk was arrested … It happened to be Aboriginal Day and there was an event in the PK Subban Atrium at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I was working that day as the Pediatric Medical Photographer, and walking by for my lunch hour walk I was entranced by the speaker who was Nakuset, the Executive Director of the Native Woman’s Shelter of Montreal. Her words struck: the stories and experiences she shared concerning Aboriginal People in the health care system were very powerful. Nakuset is powerful and passionate speaker. What was to follow was healing music from the Buffalo Hat Singers (if I’m not mistaken)  performed with such passion and compassion that it really struck a emotional chord with me; it was their voices that penetrated and resounded deep. The healing properties and the rhythm of the healing drum echoed our own healing hearts. The healing ritual which they performed invited people to take a pinch of Tabaco and drop it on the surface of the drum as they performed the healing ritual. I felt it was such a necessary ritual to take place within our healing environment. I was so glad I stayed  and record this magical event. As I listened my own emotions came through my eye’s. At times it was hard for me to hold my camera. I cried and continued to capture this wonderful and powerful ceremony. By the way a very special Clown came to visit, and that of course was Dr. FiFi and her friend! No healing ceremony would be complete with out these Good Healing Vibes!

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

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.

 

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.”

 

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) 

Jimmy Wales

A journalist without the dead line is historian, and the truth is I am more of a historian … I take time to process and post … and ponder in between. Through a Dawson College Entrepreneur program I got a chance to see and hear Jimmy Donal “jimbo” Wales the co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia give a talk.  Our seats where way up high and it was interesting to see all the 3-4 photojournalists down below working … essentially being paid to do a job I would love to get a chance to do…Anyways I did have my camera and decided to try and get in a few shots from the balcony … I even got Michel Leblanc the president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal introducing and greeting Jimmy. It was an interesting evening and quite inspirational. A special Thank You to Madeleine Bazerghi for all she has done to procure the tickets for this amazing evening. Cheers.

 

MUHC Glen Site Employee’s Day

Just a few pictures taken during lunch at the Glen’s Employee’s day Lunch. Even Marc Graneau the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount—Ville-Marie since 2008 was there to speak. It was a lovely afternoon and it was very nice to see so many smiling faces that I knew from years gone by…Cheers to you all!

Fifth Sunday of Lent

For my architectural assignment I photographed the outside of St Brendan’s church here in Rosemont. For this assignment I contacted Father Paul to see if I could do my photo essay on him and his Parish. We arranged to meet at the rectory to meet and discuss the matter further. This past semester I have been contemplating and reaching out to the community around me in Rosemont, an area where I have lived since the age of 10. I attended St Brendan’s school and had done my confirmation at St Brendan’s church. In many ways although this is a story about Father Paul and St. Brendan’s church, it is also my story as I retrace my spiritual roots and rediscover the communities that I once attended and continue to flourish with the next generation.

When I met with Father Paul to introduce myself I told him that I had attended sporadically, and that was due to my Mother who wanted to make sure her grandchildren were exposed to the church community. What stood out for me was Father Paul’s charisma and how his sermon’s were always delivered from the heart with passion and wisdom. St Brendan’s is a vibrant community with many young families that attend with their children. These were some of the reasons why I felt attracted to do my story on St Brendan’s.

Father Paul and I had agreed that I would photograph a special mass on the 5th Sunday of Lent. It was an afternoon mass for the parents and children that were going to do their First Confirmation. This mass was to be co-hosted by another visiting priest and was meant to go over the rituals of the mass and their meaning. This proved to be a good review for myself;  I learned that the reason they put a drop of water into the sacramental wine was because one drop cannot be separated from the wine and yet does not dilute the whole.

In short, this is a story about a Catholic mass and the ritual of Holy Communion delivered by 2 priests, and that is what I have tried to depict in the 6 images allowed for this assignment. If one was to see the bigger picture, which will be posted on my main photo blog, you will see more of the community and the Easter tradition. I have also photographed the Palm Sunday Mass at Saint Bonifatius in Father Gerry Westphal’s parish, and a re-enactment of the Crucifixion at St.Mary’s Polish church.

St Brendan’s Church

This is the bigger picture of an assignment I did for one of my Dawson classes. I was required to submit 6 images that tell a story and my story was the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Father Paul graciously allowed me to set up some equipment and photograph his mass. Because I feel only six pictures tell a small part of the story, here are the other pictures taken at that event. Enjoy.

Palm Sunday At St.Bonifatius

This Sunday I was invited to photograph the Palm Sunday Mass at Saint Bonifatius, in Montreal. Here are some moments from this mornings family mass. Then there was delicious cake and coffee downstairs after the service. Be sure to drop by 3751 de-l’Hotel-de la Ville.

Christmas Recital at Maison Jesus-Marie, Longueuil,Quebec

This Christmas our family (my nieces and nephew) traveled to the Maison Jesus-Marie in Longueuil Quebec to sing for the elderly nuns who live there in residence. Many were teachers and highly esteemed in their respective fields. It was a special time in the spirit of giving and sharing one’s time. The sisters were overjoyed, especially interacting with the younger children who at one point handed out finger puppets and candies! At a couple of points during the recital those in the choir joined those in the audience and asked them to dance in whatever capacity they were able. In some cases they were wheeled in the wheelchairs as they moved their arms and sang. It was an incredible sight to behold…to hear the voices come together in community and see the smiling faces. These are the pictures I took during this special event.

South Korean Country Side Wedding

 I was very fortunate while living in South Korea to be invited as a guest to so many different celebrations and ceremonies. This one stands out in my memory. One of the most comfortable weddings I was invited to. Lots of fun…country side fun. Eventually I will post some of the other Korean weddings that I have shoot. Stay tuned.

Excavator, Dump Truck, Tractor and Bulldozer

I’ve long been fascinated with heavy equipment and how it can transform the land. Over the years I have been lucky to have been able to approach these machines and their operators. It is such a pleasure to watch them work, especially the good ones. The equipment they use becomes an extension of their bodies and it is amazing to see with what detail they can operate these machines. This is a photo essay dedicated to Justin Brock and Billy Woodard and their crew. They have been landscaping the terrain at the Live Like Water Retreat and accentuating its beauty, and defining its beauty.

Yegor Dyachkov and Jonathan Crow

I saw Yegor Dyachkov and Jonathan Crow perform at Mc Gill’s Pollack hall. I remember Shostakovitch was on the program; my reason for going. It was a pleasure to hear them. Unfortunately, I only had my point and shoot camera, and of course a flash would have been inappropriate.  However, I was able to capture these photographs of the performance. If you ever have an opportunity to hear these musicians I encourage you to do so, they are wonderful.