The beat of drums and joyous celebration attracted protesters and bystanders to Victoria Square for the first day of Occupy Montreal. The rain and harsh weather seemed not to stop hundreds of Montrealers from marching through the streets of the downtown area in opposition to reckless corporate greed, in the spirit of events launched a month ago in New York City. Even as the chilly wind blew in, many were determined to stay the night, as they set up their tents and prepared for the evening. The sight was one of awe-inspiring solidarity, as volunteers prepared and handed out food, warm blankets and even in certain cases extra tents for those willing to stay. It was a beautiful sight: one of peaceful comradery, celebratory dancing and round-table discussion. Quite simply, it was an event I couldn’t miss!
For more information, visit OccupyTogether.org or your nearest city’s ongoing protest.
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So, Oli and I once again decided to depart on a spontaneous trip. Only four days before the planned departure date did we get ourselves organized: plane tickets were purchased, train passes booked, e-mails sent out, etc. For our last-minute endeavor, we were surprisingly lucky; throughout the trip, everything went according to “plan” (quite loosely planned to say the least).
We are immensely grateful for the kind and hospitable hosts who had us during our wandering the reaches of Western Europe, and that on such short notice. Notably, we are in debt to our friends in Paris, Medemblik (north of Amsterdam) and Berlin, without whom our trip wouldn’t have been the success it was.
Throughout our two-week adventure, we tirelessly walked the streets of the illuminated city of Paris, the cosmopolitan center of Brussels, the charming medieval World Heritage Site of Bruges. Amsterdam, with it’s bright red lights and it’s hazy venues, as well as Berlin, with its variety of architecture and art, also revealed themselves (ever so lightly) to our eyes and our cameras.
Below you will find a select few of my favorite photos taken on this trip: some will include anecdotes, others simply descriptive titles, and yet others will speak for themselves. Since I had many to go through, most pictures will only have very slight edits, and even the ones which have been edited have only received minor colour treatments (I’ll leave heavy edits and fine art for another time).
Enjoy traveling with me through my photographs and remember to comment and/or contact me with any and all questions!
Oli shooting something in the distance.
Wedding taking place in Champs de Mars, as the couple walks towards the Eiffel Tower.
Tourists descend in bus-loads to taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower before getting back on and departing to the next location.
Two random photos from my NYC trip that I thought I’d share: the first because I find it mesmerizing and the second because I like the blur:
Here are a few of the pictures I took from our mountain biking trip to Lake Louisa. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get pictures of everyone (read: I wasn’t able to stay far ahead enough to get shots of the “in-shape” people). Anyways, enjoy and feel free to comment! [Read more...]