Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Book Review: MONTREAL, by Debra Schoenberger

Montreal is a nice book to have in your personal library as part of your street photography collection.

There is a good mix of black and white, and color photographs. Very little text to be found in the book except about the author (which you will also see at the bottom of this post), but plenty of images showcasing her work in Montreal, Quebec, Canada between 2010 and 2014.

You will be able to spot a trend in the groups of images found in Montreal: folks traveling in the train, people sleeping, reflections, children playing. I would not say I have loved every single image in the book but most of them in this 64-pager are good.

When I see an image or a photo, the first question that often pops up in my head is does it stick? I always look out for the "wow at first sight" and then dig deeper into the image. This book, in my opinion, is worth a look—or read—if you enjoy "reading" into pictures. I know I do. Here are some that I have enjoyed from the book, just so you get a feel of what to expect.

I like how the arrow is pointing at this guy who is playing with his device. The horizontal lines of the wall and door added a nice touch of details too.

Great composition with the play of reflection in this black and white.

I see a lot of graffiti in Italy during my recent trip and seeing a similar image here brought back sweet memories of my travel. The color is strong here and I love all the shapes seen in this image.

Here's a nice play with shadow-on-the-move. I also like how the image draws your eyes to the far end and makes you wonder what lies beyond. Is the train coming?...

All photographs in this post are copyrighted by Debra Schoenberger.

Street photographer, Debra Schoenberger aka "girl with camera" captures the more unusual side of Montreal in her foot travels around the city. The images portrayed in the book are from 2010 to 2014.

View more photos from her world travels on her profile page at Your Shot National Geographic.

My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fueled my curiosity for the world around me. Although I worked in the field of photography for over 20 years, it wasn't until very recently in 2010 that I bought myself a secondhand professional camera and started experimenting with street photography. I shot over 50,000 images that first year and gradually began to improve.

Photographers I admire are Vivian Maier, Robert Frank, Steve McCurry and Edward Steichen to name but a few amongst the many incredibly talented people over the last century. Street photography is my true passion. Having a slightly off-kilter sense of humour helps keep me looking for the unusual."

Twitter: @pixmephotograph

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