Finely Aged – Montreal Walls project – Twenty-Nine

See more of Montreal Walls... This simple composition really captures what I keep looking for in my search for the story of Montreal Walls. Layers of dirt, stucco, plater, plastered-on-posters, and whitewashing never completely succeed in covering the personality of the walls themselves; that personality is so strong that it always finds some way to … Continue reading Finely Aged – Montreal Walls project – Twenty-Nine

Omen – Montreal Walls project – Twenty-Eight

See more of Montreal Walls... It's only a guess that the "OMEN" tag came first. Perhaps it was followed by the cartoonish monochrome face on the upper right corner of my photo. What really adds the power to the word is the profile face painted below the word. From my Western perspective, the composition reads … Continue reading Omen – Montreal Walls project – Twenty-Eight

Regentrification Statements – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Seven

See more of Montreal Walls... I'm taking a wild guess that the artist who made the buildings wasn't from Montreal. The ne closest to the left of the shot looks almost like a favela in Brazil, while the others a little castle like or monastery like. All have a certain Spanish & Italian flair. The … Continue reading Regentrification Statements – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Seven

Secret Entries – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Six

See more of Montreal Walls... I seem to recall from my teenage adventures onto Le Plateau Mont-Royale, that one would often find such back alley doors to be open and muffled sounds often came from the dark within, or old residents would be sitting on the steps having a smoke and chatting down the alleyway … Continue reading Secret Entries – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Six

But for the children, we have forgotten doors – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Five

See more of Montreal Walls... Another quiet back alley on Le Plateau Mont-Royale with nature growing in any crack it can find, except on this sunlight space. Was it cleared by the homeowner? Why? Perhaps cleared to allow some children room to play with chalk on the wall. regardless, it opens the conversation of the … Continue reading But for the children, we have forgotten doors – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Five

Looming Multiculturalism – Montreal Walls – Twenty-four

See more of Montreal Walls... Montreal is truly multicultural, like most cosmopolitan cities, I suppose. Without looking very hard, you can see and experience a little over every part of the world here. The Plateau is a very European feeling district of the island, and it houses... well, a sample of almost everyone. I've seen … Continue reading Looming Multiculturalism – Montreal Walls – Twenty-four

Dis-appreciated – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Three

See more of Montreal Walls... Heading east on boul. Mont-Royale, where some of the boutiques thin and are replaced with sporadic, ethnic bistros and less charming shops (pharmacies, convenience stores, and liquor shops) you come across a small roadside park with a water fountain. The park is beautifully maintained, as are the buildings around it... … Continue reading Dis-appreciated – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Three

Urban Stories – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Two

See more of Montreal Walls... Take a look through a few travel guides for what might be considered signature sights of Montreal and you will undoubtedly find reference to the spiralling, metal staircases on the outsides of many of our urban residences. Le Plateau de Montreal is an excellent place to find many, many examples … Continue reading Urban Stories – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Two

Neighbourhood Watcher – Montreal Walls – Twenty-one

See more of Montreal Walls... She lives on the only remaining clean wall in a small back alleyway behind commercial buildings on the bricked-up sides of Montreal's 1930s version of brownstone housing, on Le Plateau-Mont-Royale. She's looking West-ish towards the encroaching darkness as the sun sets on the streets and this back alley, as if … Continue reading Neighbourhood Watcher – Montreal Walls – Twenty-one

All The Perspectives – Montreal Walls – Twenty

See more of Montreal Walls... The following dozen or so photos were all taken on a day spent with my amazing daughter, walking around Le Plateau de Montreal (off boul. Mont-Royale). I had intended looking for the decaying walls I often found in the core of downtown Montreal or on the Old Port, but I … Continue reading All The Perspectives – Montreal Walls – Twenty