East of Moreau’s train station
East of Moreau’s train station is a series of portraits taken in Montreal’s Hochelaga- Maisonneuve neighbourhood (Canada), by photographer Louis Perreault. Moreau’s train station, which has disappeared long time ago, used to be an important entry point in the neighbourhood. With its disappearance and the transformation of the east of Montreal, the streets where these photographs have been taken have lost their past splendour.
Despite this reality, walking through these spaces forces the visitor to realize that whatever happens to a place, the desire to occupy the territory always bring those who inhabit it to transform it in their own unique ways.
At the basis of this work lies a fascination for strangers. One’s gaze evoke sadness or joy, experience or youth. Out of the interlacing of theses evocations, stories arise, both personal and shared. The posture, the attitude or simply the way one waits at a street corner tell about where one stands, in which place he or she is photographing. Attention to light, details, expressions: in all these things lies the potential of an image. An image that will be placed amongst others in order to create the material for a poetry written both out and from the real.
This writing will have only one goal: to create an intensity, a moment during which the light, the subject, the photographer and the photographic material will meet in the image.
So this work emerged from a documentarian intention. But soon the collection of portraits became the material for something more subjective, an interpretation of these encounter, the translation of an experience. Walking through Dézéry, Davidson, Moreau, Darling, Aylwin,Cuvillier and Sainte-Catherine streets, cutting through the alleys that he now knows perfectly, Louis Perreault recognized his own path through these spaces. He recognized this place where the vines has invaded an abandoned car, this place where the alley is as large as a street, this place where it is so unmaintained that it has become a small trail for pedestrians.
Taking the same routes, sometimes varying the order, he dig the same soil, impressed, interested and intrigued by the complexity of what he sees. Just as an archeologist of the present, Louis is searching for manifestations of the real that will allow him to tell his encounter with this place.