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if you've already gone through my tourist shots (see previous post), then move up to the real thing. david giral's photos make me weak in the knees.

perhaps i find him appealing because so many of his images are urban in nature. what is truly remarkable is that cities like ottawa and toronto, which are nice, but not heart-stoppers, appear as beautiful as those likeparis (he took shots of the same mall that i did...) and new york, which don't need help to be beautiful.

many of his photos are situated in montreal (such as the one on the right), including a study of hochelaga-maisonneuve, my old stomping grounds (and my even older stomping grounds around the mcgill ghetto). i would like to use his images to finally refute the claim that hochelaga-maisonneuve is ugly. impoverished, yes. ugly, no.

i realise that his photos are treated, but my feelings on this have always been that great photography seeks to convey a scene as perceived through human senses. and giral has that down pat.

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