One of the hardest places to shoot for me is my hometown. Not because it is a dull place, not because it isn’t full of beautiful locations. It just seems that I’m more excited and motivated when I’m on the road. I love Montreal as a city, it is a unique and vibrant place, full of art, history, and culture. However, as wonderful as it may be, I seem to always feel like I will “get to it one day” in terms of going to photograph some of it’s more picturesque locations. When I’m travelling, I tend to have a very limited amount of time to get my photos. Therefore I am much more driven to get up early and spend long days photographing till late at night. Who knows when, or if I’ll ever return to the place I’m in? When I’m away from home photographing such inspiring places that are so new to me, I often wish that the days were 30 hours long. There is so much to see and so little time. Plus, a good eight or nine hours of sleep would be welcome after walking around for 20 hours as opposed to the five hours I usually get while I’m on the road.
This shot of Montreal’s convention centre (Palais des Congrès in French) was on one of those days that I pushed myself to shoot all day, as if I was in a foreign city. I arrived a bit earlier and saw that if I waited just a bit, the sun would be in the right place to get an interesting, colourful pattern on the floor. So I went out to get some shots in nearby Old Montreal and arrived just in time to capture this image. The Palais des Congrès borders Old Montreal, and really defines the line from old architecture to new. It’s a building that you either love or hate. Personally I think it’s a very good example of modern architecture, as it allows one to feel a sense of warmth amongst all the cold metal, concrete, and glass. There is even a “forest” of pink concrete trees that graces the north side of the main floor. It adds a nice organic touch to what would otherwise be a rather stark interior. I’ll follow up with another post soon, showcasing some of the other elements that are found on the ground floor.
Interview | Rising from the Ashes
I recently did an interview with Ron Egatz over at the MAC group’s PocketWizard blog. I’m honoured to have the chance to be included in the group of incredibly talented shooters that have been featured on their site. It’s so nice to know that a company like PocketWizard appreciates my work and has put me side by side with photographers like Joe McNally, Chris Garrison, and Rick Sammon. While I don’t use the PocketWizards for the travel photos I post here on the blog, I would be lost without them when shooting my lifestyle images.
The interview, and a selection of my travel and lifestyle images can be found here: Ken Kaminesky’s Rising from the Ashes
Thanks Ron and everyone at the MAC group!
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