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Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. How would you describe your work?
I’m a portraitist and a documentarian.

What is it about documenting things that attracts you?
I find it amazing to be able to capture moments that will never happen again. There’s also a certain lack of control in photography that I like to harness. For instance, yesterday, I took some photos and the light was beautiful, but I had no control over it. I could have the best ideas in the world, but if the light is bad, I can’t do anything. When you’re documenting, you have to let things go, make your way and be there at the right time.

How would you say your work has evolved in recent years?
My art has been in transition over the last two years or so. I got a bit tired of photography, so I started working with paper. I print my photos, then mess them up and make collages out of the remnants. This way, I’m able to infuse my images with new emotions.

You grew up in Hochelaga. How has shooting such a familiar place changed your way of working?
The task of photographing my neighbourhood has pushed my limits. When you’re a photographer living in Montreal, it’s easy to get a little blasé. The Olympic Stadium and Expo 67 don’t do much for me anymore. Documentarians tend to present things in an obvious manner. So I’ve focused on very precise details that touch me personally, even though they may sometimes make the setting hard to recognize.

What continues to inspire you in Hochelaga?
The neighbourhood has really changed a lot. It would be easy to photograph street people, or anti-gentrification graffiti. But I find it more interesting to document the evolution of daily life in the neighbourhood. It’s an honest place. In Hochelaga, there’s no pretense. What you see is what you get.

What impact do you want your photos to have?
My images are not politicized, so I don’t try to stir up that kind of discussion. I simply want to put forth an emotion, whether it’s a good one or a bad one.

What would be your dream photo project?
I’ve spent a lot of time documenting CrossFit, and I would love to publish a book on the subject. I would also like to follow and document politicians in their daily lives.

Why?
Politicians aren’t about glamour the way musicians or actors are. I like the challenge of rendering subjects that aren’t very interesting visually, captivating. Taking a good photo of a model is pretty easy. Whereas if you tell me you took a beautiful photo of a minister, I have a lot more respect for that.

What are your favourite Instagram feeds?
I love the sensibility and composition of @rabbitsparrow’s collages. The photos of @jackdavisonphoto are also impressive – they’re both contemporary and timeless.

Jacques Cartier Bridge

The Jacques Cartier Bridge
 

Café São

Café São
 

Ontario Street

Ontario Street
 

A statue at Bistro Le Valois

A statue at Bistro Le Valois
 

La Taqueria

La Taqueria
 

La Taqueria window flag

La Taqueria
 

The marquis on Ontario Street

The marquis on Ontario Street
 

The famous cat of Rouen Street

The famous cat of Rouen Street
 

Bistro Le Valois

Bistro Le Valois
 

Ontario Street

Ontario Street

 

Jerry Pigeon is a photographer living and working in Montreal. Follow him on Instagram to see more of his work: @le_pigeon.

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