A Love of Mountains
Presented by: Pierre CHABOT
Monday, January 29, 2018
1st half of Print #3
My interest in photography goes back to my teenage days. As a student, I worked in a pharmacy and purchased my first camera, a Kodak Reflex, for $10. I dabbled in dark room work, developing and printing B & W material, but never seriously. Later, I bought a Yashica 35mm and switched to colour slide film.
I recorded a growing family of three girls and documented my business trips in North America and abroad. While living in Halifax, my interest in photography greatly increased after taking a course with an excellent professor at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design.
Back in Montreal, I joined the MCC in 1976. This was a major turning point in my development as a photographer. I increased my photographic abilities by competing with some of the best amateur photographers in Montreal and Canada. As a member of the Executive, I served as head of the Color and Workshop Divisions and also as Chair of Honours and Awards. Through these volunteer positions and award winning photographs, I achieved the rank of Superior Pictorialist in 1998 and the status of “Life Member” in 2002
FROM THE MATTERHORN TO MONT ST HILAIRE.
I have always been fascinated by mountain landscapes. For me, that topography has always represented a sense of majesty and strength, whether they are towering peaks or small, from the Matterhorn to Mont St Hilaire. Their solidity can offer a comforting presence. For me, no other natural environment presents such grandiose beauty.
I like to photograph mountains in all seasons and at any time of the day or night, discovering an endless variety of different shapes in changing light conditions. Different weather and seasons provide numerous opportunities for capturing images which express one’s feelings about their presence.
My wife and I are fortunate to live within a few yards of one of Southern Quebec’s most stunning mountains, Mont St Hilaire.