Montréal ville cimetière de vélos-Montreal bicycle graveyard

Montréal est une ville très particulière à bien des égards et a été classée récemment une des 10 meilleures villes au monde où il fait bon vivre. En lisant cet article je me suis dit que les 34 000 personnes qui avaient voté à travers le monde, n’avaient certainement jamais vu la ville au mois de mars. Au mois de mars, à la fonte des neiges, surgit tous ce que les gens ont oublié de mettre à la poubelle et apparaît aussi, démembrés, les vélos qui ont passé l’hiver sur les trottoirs de la ville. Je me suis longtemps demandé comment un vélo à Montréal pouvait se dégrader de la sorte. Je croyais à du vandalisme, de la violence gratuite, jusqu’au jour où j’ai vu une chenillette en percuter un en déneigeant un trottoir. Depuis ce temps, les vélos abandonnés dans les rues de Montréal, sont devenus à mes yeux, une source de poésie urbaine.  Quand j’en vois un, je m’imagine l’histoire qui l’entoure, une rencontre inattendue, un café ou un verre en bonne compagnie, la tempête qui surprend et l’abandon du vélo pour la nuit. Si la neige persiste ou que le vélo est percuté par une chenillette, il passera le reste de l’hiver accroché à son poteau et se dégradera jusqu’à ce qu’il disparaisse complètement. Je photographie ces sculptures urbaines depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans et vous présente ici une sélection de mes images préférées.

Caravana Migrante 2019

In December 2018, after an impressive wave of migrants that led thousands of asylum seekers to the door of the United States, the Trump administration summoned Central American countries to control migrants from arriving at the US border or the aid they receive would be cut. The American government has also introduced a new procedure requiring asylum seekers to wait on the Mexican side while a court ruled on their statue.

 Faced with the fait accompli, Mexico's new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reacted firmly and with dignity by introducing a humanitarian visa that permit to work and remain legally in Mexico for one year to all migrants who would apply at its border.  By doing so, Mexico scored on both side showing the US they could regulated an immense flux of migrants with a strong organization and has shown full sympathy for the poorest people in Central America despite criticism of opposition parties who accuse the Mexican government of letting in people who will take over the work of the Mexicans.

 In January 2019 when the second wave of migrants unfurled towards the United States, more than 10,000 people were momentarily stopped at Ciudad Hidalgo the border crossing that separates the south west of Mexico with Guatemala. This is where thousands of migrants, including an impressive number of women traveling alone and with children, mostly from Honduras but also from Salavador and Guatemala, have had to wait up to two weeks to obtain this famous visa.

 The most common answer heard on the bridge Rodolfo Robles that cross the Suchiate River and connect the city of Tecun Uman in Guatemala with the border post of Ciudad Higalgo in Mexico to my question “why are you leaving your country to go to United State?“ The answer was; ''Security''. The second most common remark was “ I want to work “, and then  “I want a better life for my children I want to give them a good education''.

 I've spent 10 days between January 21 and January 31, 2019 on the bridge covering the flow of migrants coming from Central America and I'm absolutely convinced that there is no mistake in their mind regarding what they want and what they need because what they desire most, are the basic needs of all human beings and for them, safety is as important as need of air, water and food!




Sony A7III, November Portfolio

Just about 4 weeks ago in early November, I traded my Canon 1DX for a Sony A7III. When I got that little Sony Camera, trying to understand the menu and how it works I thought I had made a mistake and at some point I was regretting the configuration on my 1DX for the last 5 years. This said, the Sony camera is extremely fast-focusing in automatic mode. The face recognition and eye tracking are just adding one more layer of technology and it's absolutely fantastic. Last but not least, the files are awesome, the grain is fine and precise, and there is almost no post prod to do. Most of the following pictures were taken with a pancake Canon  40mm 2.8 STM lense mount on a Sigma MC-11 adaptor and taken between ISO12800 and 25600. Pretty impressive in low light-:)  

Most recent picture of my son Henri, all smiles with his best friend Sylvie Ouellette’s new IPad at the Marriott Montreal Airport November 23, 2018. Sony A7III 1/100 F2.8 12800 iso

Most recent picture of my son Henri, all smiles with his best friend Sylvie Ouellette’s new IPad at the Marriott Montreal Airport November 23, 2018. Sony A7III 1/100 F2.8 12800 iso

On November 03, 2018, my eldest son Olivier Blouin hired me as assistant to shoot dining room arrangements by Cirque du Soleil designer Catherine Nadeau, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I am being assigned to shoot details in every dining room while he takes care of the architectural aspect of the space. I’m using the A7III for the first time and honestly it takes a while to get used to the camera. The electronic view finder seems to show the image brighter than reality. The camera is light, small and extremely fast, and once you get used to it the results are impressive and the fun begins!
Testing eye tracking 1/200 F4 6400 ISO with 40mm

Testing eye tracking 1/200 F4 6400 ISO with 40mm