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Montréal Safari

A photography expedition at the heart of Montreal

About the project

[UPDATE] The book is ready !!!

Therefore, you'll definitely receive it in time for Christmas... So if you were looking for a gift to someone who enjoys photography, to Montreal fan, or to a friend who left (or returned) abroad, well, the search is over :) 

[UPDATE] A few notable facts about Montréal Safari

  • It's got 388 pages
  • It weights 4,25 pounds / 1,9 kg
  • It measures 8 x 10 inches / 20 x 25 cm
  • It's got 1554 photographs
  • The "oldest" photo was shot on April 3rd 2014 at 4:08pm
  • The most recent photo was shot on October 9th 2018 at 2:14pm

Since 2014, I shot around 50 000 photographs in Montreal.

These past four years I kept with my eyes wide open, reaching out to thousands of strangers, diving into various communities, exploring realities poles apart from my own, radically changed my life and made my heart and soul richer. And it is this richness that I've tried to share in the pages of Montreal Safari.

Montreal Safari is a 385 pages coffee table book

A big, fat, 8 x 10 inches book, with pictures in colors, and pictures in black and white.

Montreal Safari is kind of like Where's Waldo

but set in Montreal, and without Waldo. Each new page is to be explored by diving into the images its offers. It's a gigantic mess, full of life and of all the emotions that fill it; you'll have to flip through all of its pages many times over to uncover all of its treasures.

A book to remind ourselves why we love Montreal as much as we do.

1500 photos to understand what makes Montreal, Montreal. A book for those who are proud to live there, and for those who miss it. A book to leave on your coffe table, in your bathroom, or on your nightstand, to getaway from the world every now and then.

To get an idea of what the photographs in the book look like

you can watch the intro video, visit my website, or follow me on Facebook an Instagram.

What are the funds for?

Printing 250 copies of a 385 pages book is expensive!

If I don't get a certain amount of pre-orders, I wont't be able to go to print.

It's more important to me to share all of the extraordinary things I've seen (and photographed) in Montreal these past 4 years, than to make a profit. Therefore, I've decided to set its base price at its production cost (45$) and set three possible prices.

It's up to you to decide what you're willing to pay for Montréal Safari.

About the project owner

I never planned on becoming a photographer. In fact, my plan was to have a career in advertising, but after four years in this industry, I realized I was spending the greater part of my time with a company whose sole purpose was to sell stuff to people who didn’t need it or couldn’t afford it.  Considering that I had always hoped to leave behind a legacy from my sojourn on this Earth, it didn’t seem like I was on the right track.
 
On a quest for meaning, purpose, humanity and freedom, I quit my job to figure out what I might do with the rest of my life.

With the goal of reaching out to the strangers whose path I’d cross in the streets of Montreal, I bought myself a camera. It seemed like the perfect tool to approach people in a genuine, curious and selfless manner. I wanted to connect with others, get to know them, share something real with them ; I wanted to understand humans, and feel part of something greater than myself. This led to the creation of Portraits of Montreal, a blog which eventually became a book.
 
Then I discovered Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Herwitt and all of the humanist photographers. With them, I started to turn my camera towards urban life, and my love for street photography grew.

Because I’d always loved travel and adventures, to widen my horizons, I took my camera to Africa, South America, Haiti, and other corners of the world. Every where I went, I opened my heart to the humans whose lives I photographed. And to better serve society, I started working with many community and humanitarian organizations which opened my eyes to the social and environmental issues of our time.
 
It’s not so much photography that inspires me, but the subjects I photograph - the people my camera allows me to meet; the places to which it leads me; the events it makes me become a part of and the stories it uncovers. It allows me to to keep my heart and mind as open as my eyes.

I was lucky to be born in a tiny, highly privileged bubble, and each picture I shot allowed me to extend its boundaries. Each of my camera’s ‘clics’ broadened the window through which I’m looking at the world. Montreal Safari is the journey my conscience made in these four first years as a photographer.