Exploring Montreal Under Confinement: Evening In Old Montreal
Following my first post about Montreal under confinement, I wanted to explore other districts of the city.
Although I shot a series of images on April 4th in downtown Montreal, I felt like sharing this series here first, which was shot in Old Montreal on Saturday April 6th, 2020. I wanted to capture how the pandemic had affected this touristic district. Although the weather is still relatively fresh, I was a bit surprised by how unusually calm the neighborhood was.
6:35pm – Heading to Rue Saint Paul, I took a moment to look back towards the National Bank building and Cantaur theater on St-Francois Xavier Street.
6:40pm – On rue Saint Paul, a couple wearing masks was walking in front of an empty parking lot.
6:50pm – The local depanneur was one of the only stores open.
6:51pm – Unlike the depanneur, souvenir shops were closed, not that many tourists were wandering the streets of this touristic neighborhood.
6:53pm – Except for a repair truck and a few pedestrians, rue Saint Paul was quiet.
6:56pm – As for Place Jacques Cartier, always busy with tourists and little shops, it was just.. empty.
6:59pm – No pedestrians in sight either near Bonsecours Market.
7:00pm – Another parking lot in front of the Bonsecours market was devoid of any cars.
7:20pm – The pink and blue sky was perfect in highlighting the Jacques-Cartier bridge, although no beach goers were present to admire the event.
7:23pm – There was something special about this scene along the shore, so I had to capture it.
7:30pm – Usually always moving, the observation wheel of Bonsecours basin was desperately still.
7:35pm – Back on Rue Saint-Paul, only a handful of people were walking in the unusually calm street.
7:42pm – However, the light was perfect to capture this image of Notre Dame Basilica.
7:44pm – The old Bank Of Montreal building was stunning with the #everythingwillbeallright / #cavabienaller rainbow colors illuminating the columns.
7:47pm – I couldn’t resist capturing this angle of Notre Dame Basilica through the columns of the BMO building.
7:49pm – Althought empty, The Hotel Place d’Armes was looking as elegant and chic as usual with the #everythingwillbeallright / #cavabienaller rainbow colors.
8:00pm -> 8:04pm – Heading back to the metro, I could help but capture the light of some stores in Chinatown.Thanks so much for viewing!
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