Project 365 – Day116: Place des Arts HDR and student protest

April 25 2012

I’m a bit late posting today’s images due to getting back late from taking a few night HDR shots around Place des Arts and then getting caught up in another student demonstration that turned ugly.

I’ll start with the peaceful images.

HDR of Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

HDR of Salle Wilfrid Pelletier

La Maison Symphonique de Montreal

La Maison Symphonique de Montreal

La Maison Symphonique de Montreal

La Maison Symphonique de Montreal

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal

Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal

Salle l'Astral

Salle l'Astral

Following on from the success last year, there is an interactive installation on avenue du President Kennedy of swings that are lit and each play a different note when swung. I plan doing a separate post on this installation soon, but for now I wanted to share a shot I took tonight. The semi circle white streaks are the swings in motion.

Water fountain in front of lit/musical swings

Water fountain in front of lit/musical swings

As I mentioned at the start of the post there was yet another student demonstration tonight. Talks between the Quebec Govenrment and students broke down earlier today and students immediately took to the streets and were out in large numbers tonight. I ran into the march on Sherbrooke street as they headed west, so of course I tagged along. Unfortunately I don’t have a very fast lens and my camera (Nikon 40DX) creates a lot of noise at 1600 ISO, but I thought I would share a few shots anyway.

Thousands of Students march along rue Sherbrooke

Thousands of Students march along rue Sherbrooke

Mounted police at rear of student march

Mounted police at rear of student march

When the students were on rue Sainte Catherine a few students began smashing windows at which point the police called the march an illegal gathering and began using pepper spray, tear gas and flash bangs to break up the march.

Police use Tear gas and flash bangs to break up protesters

Police use Tear gas and flash bangs to break up protesters

Protester running from police tear gas

Protester running from police tear gas

It really doesn’t seem like any end is in sight with the talks breaking down and with frustration setting in, it appears each day the demonstrations are becoming more violent. Hopefully Montreal will return to the fun party city it normally is soon.

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

98 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day116: Place des Arts HDR and student protest

  1. These are absolutely breathtaking photos — gorgeous work.

    I’m only sad to see the last few images…I do hope, like you said, that the city returns to its pre-protest peace and fun soon!

  2. Wow! Great photos. I like how your started with the peaceful pictures and moved to the protest. Even though you said your lens isn’t very fast, I think your pictures of the protest came out great.

    • Thanks Claire…The student marches are becoming a standard sight everyday and unfortunately doesn’t look like ending soon. Except for the odd outbreak of violence the demos are mostly festive. Violent protesters are now often handed over to police by the other marchers.

  3. Did the students antagonize the cops, or did the cops just do that like a bunch of thuggish criminals. I though the picture of the students marching the street was your best photo of the lot, both in terms of beauty, and meaning. Good job.

  4. These student protestors have got to be the most malcontent people on earth. Whine, whine, whine. Give me, give me, give me, and make it free, too. They are all the same around the world with the same mindset of entitlement. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  5. I used to live off Sherbrooke Street. So crazy to see it crowded with students protesting. Beautiful pictures of the Place des Arts. Montréal me manque!

  6. Found you on Freshly Pressed, and I must say I’m shocked that our US press has had absolutely zero about the student-government stand off in Montreal! Thank god for the bloggers like you. I’ll be looking into what the commotion is all about. Your images, on this and your previous April post are riveting. Thank you!

  7. The protesting in Montreal provokes me to state my position on regional secession: Any region of any nation has the right to seceed from that nation if the majority of it’s people desire it–no matter what the reason. This went for the Confederate States of America. This goes for Northern Ireland, for Chechnya, for Tibet–and for Quebec. From what I see, here in the U.S., every time a vote is taken for Quebec to gain independence from Canada, and form its own nation, all Canadians are allowed to vote on the issue. And this is unjust. Only the people of Quebec should be allowed to vote for secession from Canada.

  8. My brother is a student at McGill on leave and he happens to be in Montreal now. I hope he’s Ok. But yeah, there does seem to be a lot of protests from students in the city. When I visited Montreal for my brother in the fall there was a McGill Staff strike with protests in downtown Montreal.

    I love Montreal. Such a nice and livable city!

    • Hope your brother is keeping safe. I have no doubt this year will be a record for demonstrations in Montreal (and record earnings for police with all the overtime they are doing). Thanks for dropping by the blog.

  9. Just what are the students protesting for? If 200,000 participated, there must be major issues. It is baffling unless those issues are aired.

    • Thanks for stopping by Teri.
      The students have been boycotting lessons for 11 weeks due to the Provincial Government’s plan to raise tuition fees by $1,625 (75%) over 5 years starting next year. Currently Quebec has the lowest tuition fees in Canada and will still be among the lowest after the rise. However students are fighting to continue having fees frozen at the current rate. Hope that clarifies the key reason behind the current student crisis taking place in Quebec.

  10. you’re welcome. Great photos too! Even though my dominate trade right now is writing, I do some photography also, and so I know how to critique photos well like a pro. You have some amazing work on your blog!

  11. For many reasons I no longer follow the news as I once did, so it especially saddens me to fund out about such violence in my hometown from the other side of the world.. stay safe and blessed. Your photos are beautiful reawakening dormant memories and images of Jazz Fest in my soui… thnx.

  12. That picture of the water fountain is pure art. You have the eye of an artist!
    I live in Montreal and have been watching this protest for so long now – and I’m not sure which side is right and which one is wrong. However, it is costing the tax payers alllot of money :P

    Great post and outstanding photos!
    Katie
    http://katieraspberry.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you Katie. Indeed tax payers are having to foot the rising bill. I hope the province will help cover the cost of policing. But not only that, I’m sure some tourist’s are either deciding not to visit, or if they see the violence when visiting will not be saying great things about our beautiful city on their return home. Just hope it ends soon for business sake !

  13. I was a student at McGill and fell in love with Montreal; it is such a beautiful culturally rich city. It almost seems unreal to see the photos of protesters flooding Sherbrooke Street in this way………I hope that the situation comes to a head soon and some settlement reached so the city can return its peaceful, beautiful, inviting state……..thanks for sharing this on your blog.

    • The students have been boycotting lessons for 11 weeks due to the Provincial Government’s plan to raise tuition fees by $1,625 (75%) over 5 years starting next year. Currently Quebec has the lowest tuition fees in Canada and will still be among the lowest after the rise. However students are fighting to continue having fees frozen at the current rate. Hope that clarifies the key reason behind the current student crisis taking place in Quebec.

  14. I’m an Ontario student going to McGill next school year, and so have been following written and news coverage, but I haven’t seen enough good photojournalism coverage. These shots reminded me of the Kent State Vietnam protest pictures that became iconic with that movement and era.

  15. Thank you for taking the time to share these great captures with us! I really liked the exhibit with the various artists in the windows that play different songs. You really opened up my eyes to Montreal and I can’t wait to visit soon. Thank you so much. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    cc:Keith

  16. I was born and raised in Montreal so when I saw your blog on freshly pressed, it caught my eye. I am presently living in Gatineau but go to Montreal a few times a year to see family. I will follow your blog to keep up with the current events happening there. You are an amazing photographer. My favorite was the water fountain. :-)

      • Your welcome. I lived in a small town (St. Hubert – Perrier street) on the South Shore from the age of 7 until I married at 22 (to a man whose last name is Perrier, believe it or not). I’d love to see pics from that region. I imagine that things have changed a lot since I left. I don’t expect you to run to the South Shore to take a couple of pics. But thanks for the offer. ;-)

  17. Great pictures! I am saddened by the violence in my hometown and I hope it gets settled soon. Montreal is a great city and when I am asked by foreigners where in Canada they should visit, I always say Montreal; for its rich history, its european feel and yes, its ability to out-party any other city! Take care of yourself :)

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