Sometimes your photos only look good in black and white, and that’s okay.
For day 2, I chose to photograph the Cathédrale Marie Reine Du Monde in the heart of downtown Montréal, Canada. This basilica was built in two major steps; the first from 1870 – 1878 and the second from 1885 – 1894. The construction was ordered by Mgr. Ignace Bourget, the second bishop of Montreal, to replace the former Cathédrale Saint-Jacques which had burned in 1852. Bourget’s choice to replicate a scale model of Saint Peter’s Basilica was in response to a rivalry with the Sulpician order and the Anglican Church, both of whom preferred Neo-Gothic style instead (much like the Palace of Westminster in London, England). Today the basilica dominates Dorchester Square and is a highly sought-after location for weddings and baptisms. If you would like to read more about this elegant building I will post a link to the church’s website at the bottom of this post.
Now onto the photography. This photo was taken after school today around 5pm, I was joined by my friend Stephanie, a great assistant and pseudo-tripod. I had a hard time photographing the front of the building due to the overwhelming amount of pedestrians and vehicle traffic. I opted to shoot the side of the building instead and I love the worn look of the bricks and the medieval feel to the photo. However, I feel as though I failed to capture what had appealed to me about the building. But then again, its only day 2!
Enjoy the photo and let me know what you appreciated about this Cathedral if you have ever happened upon it!
Relevant Links: Cathédrale Marie Reine Du Monde Website