Welcome to the first Blog dedicated to the MCC project ‘’Essence of Montreal’’
First, let us introduce ourselves. We are three members of the Montreal Camera Club who share a passion for photography and our city, Montreal. Following our participation to the Metro book project last year, I decided to propose a new project to the club executive: to prepare a collective book on the Essence of our city. Philippe Laporta quickly embraced the idea and joined me. We wanted to get a lot of members involved and also to promote discussions and exchange between participants. Later on, Rachel Bilodeau got involved in the project and proposed to add a dedicated Web site and a Blog to promote participant interaction.
Finally, it is done. This Website will be used exclusively to exchange views and ideas on the project. It will also be open to all club members. Participants in the project will be able to get information on the project, will have a place to download pictures that they have taken for the project as soon as they are ready to do so, will be able to send comments on posted pictures and, most importantly, be inspired by pictures submitted by other participants.
This Blog will be used to propose ideas on different subjects in each sector of Montreal, to inform participants on the project and to provide help on photography and digital file handling in general. We will try to publish Blogs on a regular basis as long as the project is not completed.
The first question we need to answer: what do we mean by the ‘’Essence’’ of Montreal. Let me tell you a story. A few years ago, while standing in the Old port of Montreal, two persons, who saw me with a camera on a tripod, stopped and told me that they were from Europe on business. They had only one day free before going back home. They had a car, a map and they wanted to know where they should go to see what was important in Montreal. They wanted to know what our city is all about. Unfortunately, I could not inform them properly even if I have lived in Montreal for 50 years! I became frustrated when I realized I could not provide a proper answer simply because I did not know. After this event, I wanted to go in every area of the city and document what it was all about. Unfortunately, I still work full time so it is not physically possible to do so by myself. So why not do this as a collective project with friends of the MCC?
So the Essence is the story that we would want to share with friends from abroad when we want to describe our city in detail. We live in a beautiful city and we will use pictures to show it.
The final goal of the project is to get a book published that will represent this Essence of Montreal. In the meantime, let’s have some fun taking pictures. Since there is tight schedule to complete the project, we will run the project for at least one year. This way, our journey will cover all four seasons.
Have fun and go take pictures of Montreal…