Under The Tracks – Montreal Walls Project – Thirty-Five

On a little walk around the Georges-Vanier & Lucien-Lallier metro stations, there are intriguing brownstones facing the ivy covered walls of the elevated train tracks. Wherever there is a clear space between the vegetation, we find graffiti tags in various stages of decay. The remarkable thing is how vibrant the colours have remained over the … Continue reading Under The Tracks – Montreal Walls Project – Thirty-Five

Make Noize – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Four

See more of Montreal Walls... As you can probably tell from many of my photos, I have a strange love of decaying things (and shadows, apparently). I've been noticing more murals of this sort during my walks and I find them intriguing and fascinating. They appear to be painted or printed on paper somewhere other … Continue reading Make Noize – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Four

Abandoning – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Three

See more of Montreal Walls... The mural itself demonstrates a whimsical sense of flowing movement and I really enjoy how the artist seems to have painted it as if the windows didn't matter to their design. I wonder if painting on uncomfortable surfaces is as rewarding to them as painting on heavily textured surfaces is … Continue reading Abandoning – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Three

Small Alley Art – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Two

See more of Montreal Walls... I feel I arrived on this at the perfect time of day. The afternoon sun was high above us and found some windows on the opposing wall to reflect its fiery light onto this embellished tag. With the wild trees to create some dappled shadows, the yellow and red becomes … Continue reading Small Alley Art – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-Two

Waiting for Change – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-One

See more of Montreal Walls... All the buildings you see here seem to be currently abandoned and there are no for rent signs on them. We've seen a lot of this during Covid; sometimes there are for sale signs, sometimes nothing. It's like the area is waiting for something new to happen. The day I … Continue reading Waiting for Change – Montreal Walls project – Thirty-One

The Noise of the Neighbourhood- Montreal Walls project – Thirty

See more of Montreal Walls... It's very easy to ignore such walls: they are messy, hard to read, chaotic, and even frightening reminders of urban decay, but stop for a moment and observe closely... One can see ephemeral and seemingly incongruous conversations layering one upon the other. It feels like taking a long metro ride … Continue reading The Noise of the Neighbourhood- Montreal Walls project – Thirty

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