This Easter I present a collection of images from 4 Catholic Churches here in Montreal. This photo essay is a tribute to 3 very special people: Father Paul Pomkoski, Father Paul Geraghty, and Father Gerry Westphal. Over the years I have come to know and photograph these special teachers. They have all helped to inspire and guide me along my journey. They were also very patient allowing me to document them at work. As a result I have become the Medical Photographer at the Montreal General Hospital. Thank You all, especially Sister Helen Kilimnik who made some important introductions. And so, I present my Easter Dedication … with a special emphasis on the warmth of how we all come together in community, and how much the church means to us all. Enjoy … especially the last picture which is a food arrangement for all the Slavic people out there!
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
Very recently it dawned upon me that Winter Solstice has arrived. The darkest day and with it the day’s getting longer! I always appreciate the light. It illuminates life! And so I offer these pictures:my day from 8.30 to 4.30!. Walking to work I saw some interesting light and photographed it. At lunch, more light and some recent developments in the building next to the Montreal General Hospital, a building which has slumbered for many years … And then early evening: my favorite “Magritte” time of day. Leaving work and walking to the metro I capture these additional images. A beautiful day of seeing and feeling which I now share with you. Enjoy! Michael
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.
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!
I was recently introduced to Chris Downey, the Brew Master for Brutopia, here in Montreal. If you haven’t had the pleasure of Chris’s creations you should make a point to make your way down for a pint. I have been going to Brutopia for many years and still had not ventured to the back where you can see where the beer is brewed; for some silly reason the great tasting beer kept me close to my seat! Anyways, here are a few snaps of the man behind the great beer at Brutopia. Be sure to say Hello and Thank You. Cheers Chris!
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.
While entertain a friend in Montreal’s Old port I ran into one of my favorite models Thamarr, and her daughter. It was her birthday and she put on a pretty dress for the occasion and invited her friend to spend the day with them. For me it was the perfect occasion to photograph the two of them together on such a beautiful day.
Every morning I cycle by Saint Michael’s church on saint Urbain. It is my daily ritual to talk with my patron saint. I used to live on Waverly street and I was baptized at Saint Michael’s. As a child I remember being fascinated by the enormous stained glass windows and the statue of the Franciscan Monk with a skull at his feet. I recently stopped in for a visit and say a prayer. It was a welcome home coming. These pictures were taken this past summer when the light was particularly beautiful.