I’ve been to Montreal four times over the past five years. I understand the city on the surface – I remember the neighbourhoods and I can navigate the metro. Maps are foreign to me (google maps I are not friends) but I understand the ground beneath my feet. I remember what I’ve walked – more so when I’ve photographed the sights along the way.
I love walking Saint Laurent. Can you guess why?
The details are vague if there are any details at all. Sometimes just a neighbourhood; if lucky, an intersection. Or a surprise discovery: stumbled upon by accident. I always enjoyed the hunt but social media has taken the experience to another level by providing me with the opportunity to connect directly with street art enthusiasts and more importantly, with the artists themselves. Walls are easier to find thanks to these connections – we share information and collectively reap the rewards: enjoying the talent, the vibrant splashes of colour and appreciation for art that you can’t find in any gallery.
So thank you – you know who you are and how much I value your guidance. We all revel in the moment the first hint of colour comes into sight. And no matter who or what got us there, we all know it’s worth sharing. Everyone should get to experience the art found in Toronto!
In the middle of the concrete jungle sometimes it’s hard to believe nature came before man – each building taller & grander than the next; roads in every direction leading to more concrete and taller buildings.
One of my favourite things about the fall season is the way the leaves overtake the sidewalks – replacing the concrete with shades of rustic orange, yellow and brown; the leaves shuffling over & under my feet. It’s an especially welcome sign downtown where the concrete dominates.