Hunting for words up and down main street
A friend asked me whether I would be interested in playing the alphabet game as a photo project during a walkabout downtown Montreal. Not one to refuse a photographic endeavour, I accepted of course. We started at Place Montreal Trust, a shopping mall, and proceeded to take pictures of stuff that reminded us of different words. We planned to follow the alphabetical order but it quickly became apparent that we were losing some excellent photo ops because we were not at the right letter. So although we sort of proceeded in order, I cheated and inserted better images to fill in letters for which I did not like the initial capture.
After a short while shooting in the shopping mall, we were kicked out by mall security. When I told the guard that we were only playing a game and having fun, he told me that my equipment looked serious! The worst part is that I had tried to be as stealthy as possible bringing only a lens mounted on a body, an extra lens (remaining unused) in a small messenger bag. Ah well… Actually, it was a blessing in disguise because hitting Ste-Catherine Street was much more productive and interesting. It was a nice snowy and mild day anyway. In the end we covered from Place Montreal Trust to Place des Arts and back in approximately three hours to complete the project.
Quite a few of the shots are noticeably askew. It was snowing quite hard, filling my viewfinder with water so I could not level the camera properly. I left the pictures as is as I do not mind the effect. It looks more like shooting from hip.
This exercise was great for me as I am not much of a spontaneous walk around shooter. It forced my out of my comfort zone and to closely examine things from different angles, both literally and figuratively since there needs to be a concept associated with the resulting image.
I plan on repeating this exercise in various areas of Montreal as it is an excellent way to discover our own city by hunting for words and images. When the nice weather rolls around, I would like to get into street photography so these walks are nice preambles.
The gallery below shows the resulting 26 images with accompanying comments when needed.
Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L lens, RAW conversion using Lightroom 4.1