Sunday, December 30, 2012

Montreal snow

Avenue de Kent
Van Horne

I finally got out the camera and took a couple pictures this morning. Just going outside to face the piles of snow requires effort. Most sidewalks in this neighborhood are buried under snow. Good luck on the side streets. There's enough room for one vehicle to drive through. Forget about trying to park; it's next to impossible, unless you own a plastic hut or paid to have your driveway plowed.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

happy holiday

drawing by Lohbado

Dreaming man wishes you all sweet dreams, happy holiday, happy friendly gatherings, happy quiet time, happy relaxation.

Monday, December 17, 2012

slum apartment

sink and hot plate

top of fridge

Lohbado wandered into an apartment the size of a storage locker. The tenant gave him permission to photograph a few details. The rent is high. One pays for the privilege of living indoors. It's better than living on the street. Landlords have to survive. The tenant gets depressed and stops cleaning the place. It's easy to sink into depressive inertia, to spend days inside, sleeping, watching a DVD and sleeping some more. I got depressed just visiting the place, the low ceilings, the smell of decay.

Eighty per cent of the man's income goes towards rent. After paying rent, there's eighty dollars left to pay for everything else during the month. There are little survival tricks. Don't use toilet paper. Wash your clothes in the bathtub. Get food from the food bank. Never go beyond walking distance. If you can find a cheap bike, that would be nice. It costs nearly six dollars for a round trip on public transit.

Sometimes a man has trouble holding and keeping a job. There are psychological issues. One could take medication. As one becomes lower economic caste, doors close. People turn away in disgust. Such a person learns to keep a low profile.

This apartment is luxurious compared to some other places I've seen in much worse condition. The ratio of what one pays and what one receives in return increases with the level of one's destitution. You pay increasingly more for increasingly less. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

vintage camera items

Fotax Mini from Sweden

Good luck trying to find film for the Fotax. The camera is from about 1948. Also, I haven't been able to figure out how to open it. Maybe it's jammed from years of sitting on the shelf.

I remember my father using photo-flash lamps, blinding blue light, a popping sound, in the early sixties.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

tire pattern in snow

First snow here to stay, it melted a bit, then froze. The street is slippery in places.

Have some cherry juice and a biscuit.

Monday, December 10, 2012

change in the weather

Yesterday, I walked to the plaza and took a photo of the parking lot before going in. There was something picturesque about the sheer desolation of the scene. Today, a layer of wet snow covers the streets of Montreal.

Monday, December 3, 2012

weird door

green door


There's no connection between the two images. Sometimes the mind makes unexpected associations. Perhaps this loose couple will give birth to a new concept.

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