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Montreal by Night

To reconnect with his adopted city, a photographer heads out in Montreal after dark.

In 2012, three years after emigrating from Nîmes, France, to Montreal, photographer and Air Canada enRoute photo researcher Thomas Bouquin realized he was losing his sense of discovery. Challenging himself to look more deeply at what was around him, Bouquin started to wander the streets at night in search of a personal connection to his adopted city.

“Nighttime evokes joyful memories for me: As a kid, seeing the city lights through the backseat windows during family drives provided a calming feeling. Through walking and photography, this project was a way to connect the past and the present and to revive this childlike serenity in a daily exploration, finding a familiar reading of the city in its lights and its spaces.”

Père-Marquette Park

Père-Marquette Park, 6 p.m.

Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest

Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest, 5 p.m.

Quartier 54, near Rosemont Métro

Quartier 54, near Rosemont Métro, 11 p.m.

Rue des Carrières

Rue des Carrières, midnight


Downtown, 2 a.m.

Bonaventure Métro Station

Bonaventure Métro Station, 9 p.m.