PostArctica: Grimskunk at Verdun Art

Yesterday was the now annual event on Wellington street called Verdun Art organized by Nadia Gagnon of Maltehops. And it was nothing less than an awesome day of music on the street. There were 5 musical groups and the Girardin family and friends put on a drumming concert from their balcony. Little girl lets the ...

PostArctica: Waiting

Every season presents a new set of circumstances, a new type of song.

PostArctica: Longing

PostArctica: River High, Shore Erosion In Verdun

The Saint Lawrence has been much higher than usual this spring in Verdun. Today I walked between the Natatorium and the Marina and there were parts of the lower path already washed out. My first concern is that many trees along the shoreline have already leaned into the river and I wonder if this erosion ...

PostArctica: Trees Cut Down In Verdun

It was inevitable were they going to proceed with the poorly conceived beach project on the Verdun waterfront, but it turns out that even though the city has recently said that the project has been postponed, a large swath of trees has been cut down on the proposed beach site. So my question today is ...

PostArctica: Printemps

I may have said this before but it bears repeating… I once had a problem photographing something in terms of composition, or maybe it was just attitude, in any case, I advised myself to just go in like Friedlander shooting cacti. And it has very much become a part of my personal aesthetic as I ...

PostArctica: This Is A Bench! Enjoy!

Picture taken in the area that will become the Verdun beach. Going to miss the rugged spontaneity,  the urban explorer sensibility, that got so beautifully cultivated in an organic manner through here.

PostArctica: Almost Done!

Tomorrow is the last day of autumn which means it is also the last day of L’automne (please drop by and like the page if you haven’t already). One of the most interesting experiences of my life has been walking and photographing the Verdun waterfront over the last three months. Tomorrow I take it to ...

PostArctica: A Symphony of Ice with Beaver Update

It was pretty cold out there today and a huge sheet of ice was breaking up and floating down the river when I got there. You can hear it as the individual pieces clang against each, especially the moving ones banging against the more solid ice close to shore. (and light backgrounds do highlight the ...

PostArctica: Beaver Situation Takes A Turn For The Weird

Was down at the river today just trudging through the lower trail when I spotted some chicken wire fences wrapped around some trees. As I had blogged about a problem with beavers aggressively attacking trees on the Verdun waterfront, I assumed there might be a connection.   So this is all good, except, and I ...

PostArctica: Like Bertolucci’s The Conformist

The Conformist is a film by Bernardo Bertolucci that for all its political subject matter is an astonishingly beautiful film to watch. I have never forgotten the chase scene through the woods that was probably shot at dusk using available light. It is a scene also reminiscent of Barry Lyndon for that particular technical reason. ...

PostArctica: Canadian Graffiti

PostArctica: Beaver Activity on Verdun Waterfront

Well, there usually is. I have been walking the Verdun waterfront almost every day since October 1st and while I have noticed the odd tree that has been chewed, it is only the last week or ten days where it has been disturbingly noticeable. I say “disturbingly” because it really is a thin strip of ...

PostArctica: Lately

Some from the last week or so. My new thing is that I now call these types of pictures my “Picturebook Pictures” lol. Shooting directly into the sun but a 1/4000th of a second shutter speed makes a half arsed image possible. looking the other way. Seen on a door in Saint Henri ( really?). ...

PostArctica: The Dance Floor

Took these last week. During the summer in the evening this place is usually packed with dancers but not on November afternoons.

PostArctica: October, 2016

So I am pretty happy with myself today because at the beginning of the month I decided that I would walk the lower path at the Verdun waterfront everyday in October with the hope of finding a way with my camera to “capture” whatever was going to become interesting to me as I experientially observed ...

PostArctica: Pallet Bookcase

Seen on de l’Eglise earlier this week.

PostArctica: At The Monument

Funny, I hung around this park in front of Verdun City Hall in the 70’s and there are a zillion crazy stories about what that was like. So last month I was walking through and saw all these young people gathered around the actual monument and I was getting thoughts like,  way to go, folks, ...

PostArctica: Autumn Pictures

5 from today in the rain.

PostArctica: Saying Goodbye To Summer

There are so many ways we say goodbye to summer A woman’s voice singing by the canal The sharp contrasting light between  buildings downtown The thinning tourist throngs The empty swimming pools Early morning jackets and sweaters in backpacks for the afternoon A cool tinge on your arm hair against your warm skin Things you ...

PostArctica: Around Town on Saturday

Despite the constant rain, which I was actually enjoying very much after an intense heat wave, there  were events all over the city and I caught a few. West Verdun, lifeguard at the Natatorium killing time and staying dry. These people were setting up for Sunday’s events. Going all Monet on you! There was also ...

PostArctica: Walk # 11

“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors…disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History ...

PostArctica: Walk # 9

“After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” — George Macauley Trevelyan Starting Point: Dollard and Newman in Lasalle. Bus let me off here. Headed south on Dollard and the first thing I see is this car dealership which was located on Verdun Avenue for decades. All condos there now (in Verdun). Dollard ...

PostArctica: Bus Stop With Dirt Picture

Realized lately that two projects that I have had going in the last couple of years, Bus Stops and Dirt, have started interacting. Not sure I completely approve, yet, it is what it is. I recently was transporting some pictures from The Point to Verdun and got the idea for this picture. It may not ...

PostArctica: Fantastic Night In Verdun

Friday evening was a celebration of a wonderful project started over a year ago by the Comité d’action des citoyennes et citoyens de Verdun (CACV). The basic idea is to create a lease registry whereby prospective tenants can consult a registry to see how much the previous tenants were paying in a given rental location ...