Street photographer, Debra Schoenberger aka “girl with camera” captures the more unusual side of Montreal in her foot travels around the city. The images portrayed in the book are from 2010 to 2014
View more photos from her world travels on her profile page at Your Shot National Geographic.
I have never reviewed a photograph book before, so this was a first. One may wonder what you can possibly say about a book of photographs, well I am here to say, I am without words. Photos are a snippet of time, a moment stood still, captured through the eye of the camera holder. It may just be a building or some children, but if you take time to really look, you will see beauty, joy, adventure,mystery… a story.
I have not yet been to Montreal, that I can recall. My mother is from Edmonton, I know we used to travel to Canada as a child, but I have no real memories of our travels. I can say, that there is a side of Montreal captured within these pages that makes me want to experience all that it has to offer. So often we look to the obvious for a stop, a holiday, or a need, but maybe we should take the time to look for the picture that has yet to be taken. The story yet to be told.
Debra captures what goes unseen, the beauty beyond. Hers is a book that takes you to a different plane, a different perspective, a moment of peace and reflection. You will sit with her book and see beyond the brick and mortar, beyond the tranquility and bustle. We all need something that will help us pause in time.
My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me. Although I worked in the field of photography for over 20 years, it wasn’t until very recently in 2010 that I bought myself a secondhand professional camera and started experimenting with street photography. I shot over 50,000 images that first year and gradually began to improve.
Photographers I admire are Vivian Maier, Robert Frank, Steve McCurry and Edward Steichen to name but a few amongst the many incredibly talented people over the last century.