Project 365 – Day 135: Outside Staircases and Balconies of Le Plateau

May 14 2012

Balconies and outside staircases are a feature of various districts across Montreal, but the high concentration of multi-plex residencies in Le Plateau makes them ubiquitous and can be found on pretty much any street you visit in this highly populated sector of Montreal.

Today I took a quick stroll up Saint Hubert and some adjoining streets specifically looking to shoot these iconic features.

I start my mini tour with a picture of a typical balcony. These days you will also see red squares in; windows, doors and, as in this image, tied to balconies, indicating support for the current student fight against tuition fee hikes.

A resident showing support for the students

A resident showing support for the students

A staircase on Le Plateau

A staircase on Le Plateau

Staircases and balconies on rue Saint Hubert

Staircases and balconies on rue Saint Hubert

An outside staircase on rue Saint Hubert

An outside staircase on rue Saint Hubert

A typical street view on Le Plateau

A typical street view on Le Plateau

A colorful outside plateau staircase

A colorful outside plateau staircase

A typical Plateau street

A typical Plateau street

Protected outside staircase

Protected outside staircase

Rear view of homes on Le Plateau

Rear view of homes on Le Plateau

Rear view of homes on Le Plateau

Rear view of homes on Le Plateau

If you are interested in knowing a little about the history of the staircases, check out the post from Feb 5. There are still many unique staircases I want to capture, so no doubt I will be posting more on the staircase phenomenon in the future.

While walking down one street, I came across an old Dodge Dart and couldn’t resist grabbing a shot. Even though I only took one exposure I put it through Photomatix to give it some HDR treatment and was quite happy with the result.

HDR of an old Dodge Dart

HDR of an old Dodge Dart

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

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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11 thoughts on “Project 365 – Day 135: Outside Staircases and Balconies of Le Plateau

  1. I saw some of the staircases last time I visited, but I didn’t nearly see enough of them. I think I went to the wrong place and I didn’t want to wander out alone too late into the eve. These are beautiful..thanks for sharing.

  2. I feel like you should take some pictures in January for comparison… I’m always surprised that “stairways of snow covered ice” isn’t one of the major causes of death in Montreal. ;)

  3. OMG… this just did my day! I have been browsing through your site and saw all the nice pictures from home! Great work, but I must say that this post really made me a little nostalgic, cannot wait to go home in August! Happy Sunday and thanks for sharing! ;)

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