Travel, photography, art, hotels… what do all these things have in common? They are all things that I love about my job. I’m fortunate enough to be able to see some rather amazing places on this beautiful planet with the work that I do. Not only do I get to see these places, but I also get to photograph them. You could say that what I do for living is art, however I’m also fortunate to see and experience the art of other artists on my travels.
“I stay a really old hotel last night. They sent me a wake-up letter.”
Hotels? Really? Yes! I love hotels. While I am not a fan of the more arduous aspects of travelling for a living, I am a fan — a big fan — of finally arriving at my destination, getting to my hotel, unpacking, taking a shower, and getting a good first night’s sleep at my destination. Hotels have their own personality and I have a switch that goes on when staying at a hotel where there is that something extra. At times this is the intangible feeling that I get when everything goes right, other times it’s the one specific thing that I’ll remember fondly. Most of the time it has to do with kind hotel staff that really know how to make their guests feel special. So yes, I love hotels and the people that work there who make my stays so pleasant.
In the next five months, I’m getting a chance to work along with a great hotel chain to help celebrate art all over America. A couple of months ago SpringHill Suites (an all suite brand of Marriott international) got in touch with me to discuss a very cool project they had in mind. This “Art on the Road” project involved photography, art, travel, and you guessed it… hotels. What I liked the most about the project was the fact that SpringHill Suites insisted that the prime focus of this art on the road tour was to be the art and artists that we are celebrating. The secondary aspect was to work with me to showcase my photography on this very cool Facebook page they built! How cool is that?
“A picture is a poem without words.”
The idea is simple. In the next five months I will be crossing the United States and visiting ten cities. In each of these cities I’ll be meeting with some local artists, photographing their portraits and some of their artwork to share with you. I’ll also be getting the chance to explore the cities, discover some of the urban art in those cities as well as photograph some of the local landmarks, historic areas, and other fun features of the locations that I’ll be in.
“Photography is a major force in explaining man to man.”
I’ll be doing all kinds of different photography including the portraits that I mentioned as well as some of the typical travel photography that you are used to seeing from me on my blog. If you’ve been reading my blog at all lately you know that I started to document a lot of fun things on my trips with my iPhone camera. I’ll be sharing a lot of these types of photos on Instagram, Twitter, and the official Art on the Road Facebook page. You can follow me as I visit each city, with the Facebook/Twitter updates and the Instagram pictures for an immediate insight into the “Art on the Road” tour. After each segment of the tour, I’ll return home to work on the professional images and write a retrospective blog post about each city and what it meant to me.
Not only do I get a chance to help celebrate art and artists, but I also get a chance to explore several new cities, as well as rediscover some of my favorite places in America. The new cities will be announced shortly before I visit, so stay tuned… I may be heading your way!
It’s only fitting that I am writing this initial blog post about the “Art on the Road” tour at the Spring Hill Suites located just outside the US capital Washington DC. I’m in Alexandria, Virginia on a hot and rainy Sunday night sitting on the sofa in my cozy hotel room. Tomorrow I’ll begin with my first artist portrait and then… let the exploration of Washington DC begin!
“If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.”
This is not my first time in Washington DC and I am thrilled to be back, its a great city for photography. There are so many historic buildings landmarks, monuments, and amazing museums to discover that a single trip is just not enough. The last time I was here, it was under very different circumstances. As you can see from the pictures in included in this post I was here just around Christmas time two years ago. Today as I got off the airplane I could have sworn I was disembarking in a tropical destination. Hard to believe I’m in the same city. While I get this kind of temperature variance at home in Montréal all the time, it’s a completely different type of experience to be in a foreign city and experience it in frigid cold one time and searing heat the next.
Next stop after Washington DC is the equally if not more historic city of Boston. This will be my first time in Boston and I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and dig in to some New England architecture, art, and clam chowder… Mmmm chowder.
“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.”
I hope you’ll join me as I explore the arts scene in America in the next few months.This is a very unique project and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I’m eager to meet the artists and hear their stories about what inspires them to do the kind of art that they do. The stories artists tell with their work is the story of their lives. Each artist does this in his or her own individual fashion and I’m privileged to be getting the chance to meet so many of them on this journey.
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
Thank you to SpringHill Suites for selecting me to showcase my vision of art in America and share it with all of you, I’m gonna enjoy this ride!
Follow my adventure on the official Art on the Road Facebook page!
For more fun photography and stories from the road, check out these previous posts: