Maison Jésus-Marie … more portraits

I was very privileged to have had done my graduating portfolio on the sisters living at the residence Maison Jesus Marie. I am more privileged still to be able to continue the project. For the senior nuns that I have photographed many have used their portraits for their funeral and obituary. Since I have exhibited my portfolio about half of my Sister sitters have made the transition. This project has really put time in perspective, as well as who if fact gets asked to pose for a portrait. The power of the portrait is powerful. Marie, the last in this series,  is the evening nurse and the care taker of these wise women. My aunt Helen (2nd to last) invited her for a photo. When she stepped into the the room I  immediately could see her glow in the late afternoon light. It was a pleasure to stop her in her tracks, pose her and capture an essence. She was so ecstatic with the result that I was moved. So often I hear “oh I’ll break your camera” “I’m ugly” “I wish my looks were worth your talent” … if only they could see through my eyes. Through a photographers eyes we see so many more versions and the light that helps to define you. That’s why I am so happy when people who normally don’t pose allow me into their world, and allow me to make a rendition of that moment … all passing moments. By the way the first lady is Sister Theresa who taught at Vincent Massey High School, a teacher I have known since my high school days; and it is a pleasure to allow you to see her smile this way. And as for my center portraits two and three … these are the very special Superior’s who allowed my project to take root in the first place. My deepest gratitude!

Ron / Receiving

Another peek behind the veil … another portrait. I have know Ron over the years. Recently I had the pleasure to do this series … a peek into his world … Welcome to the world of Receiving.

South Korea Then

A very long over due post … from the days when I was living in South Korea. My film days, one of the reasons it has taken me awhile to revisit my negatives. All these pictures pre-date the year 2000 … which means this is my 20 th century version. Stay tuned as I venture back back into the archives and re-edit and select … all this as I prepare to go back to South Korea for a long over due visit! stay tuned … in the mean time here is an introduction to what hopefully will grow into a book … enjoy.

Cheers Michael

Bertrand Dupuis

Bertrand is one of those giving people who made a difference while working at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He retired early this year and I wanted to be sure to photograph him to be sure people remember his legacy. Thank You Bernard! and all the children you helped and the staff Thank You. Have fun traveling.

Cheers

Tom Small East Vin Wine Making Vancouver

Vancouver Re-Visit tour … part 2 … Tom Small is big on wine and lots of other spirits, but you need to talk to him about that. The man is made to be a Master Distiller … in the meantime go down and make some wine and talk to the man! Tom is lucky to have a north facing window in the back of his shop … A good size window facing North Vancouver and Grouse Mountain.  I fell in love with the late afternoon light as we; Keith, Carole and Tom chatted. This needed to be captured and it was … I was really happy with these portraits which are as organic as it gets …

Cheers

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

Update: A wonderful time with Keith Lehman, Carole Henshall and Vin Arora … a wonderful time spent in the Kingsmill Pottery Studio on Granville Island, BC… https://granvilleisland.com/directory/kingsmill-pottery-studio

Ps they have a rule if you like the delicious looking pottery you bought it! …

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 Galaxies 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