Nicole Small | One on One

Refuge faunique Marguerite-D’Youville, QC

Yashica D/ Ilford XP2 Super

Last Saturday was a planned road trip to Refuge faunique Marguerite-D’Youville, QC which is about a 40 minute drive out from Montreal. It was the first time I had ever been and I was disappointed to discover once I got there that most of the trails were closed due to the flooding that occurred last year. I did not have any back-up plans so I decided to hit the trails, that were open, anyway.

The only area that was interesting enough to photograph was a small “man made” beach that had a lot of big old trees within it. I was immediately drawn to the water of course and thought that I would try for some water portraits. For the last year and a half I have been photographing water pretty much the same and from the last set I photographed I said to myself that I will try to expand on my water portraits by photographing it differently.
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If I had known that this was the kind of scene I would have ended up in I would have worn my rubber boots. When I trek, I usually always wear my rubber boots no matter how hot it is just in case I end up in a situation as I did and they also help protect me when walking through high and prickly bushes.
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What I had in mind was to photograph the water while including outside elements within the frame. I would have liked to have walked into the water and compose facing the shore line but as I mentioned, I did not have on the right footwear to do so. I could have taken off my sneakers and walked in barefoot but there was a lot of broken shells everywhere and I did not want to chance getting cut on one of them.
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Yashica D was the camera choice for that day along with Ilford XP2 Super and Portra 400 as film choice. Here are the black and white photographs and I will follow up with color in the next journal entry.
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