M2001.60.31 | View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking east, Montreal, QC, 2000. After Notman (I-8413)
View from Notre-Dame Basilica, looking east, Montreal, QC, 2000. After Notman (I-8413)
2000, 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
27 x 35 cm
Gift of Mr. Andrzej Maciejewski
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
Date/Time: July 14, 2000, 3:30 p.m.
Notman clearly took his photo from the west tower of Notre Dame Church. Beyond that, precise positioning was a challenge because some objects are very close to the camera and others far away. Even a minor shift to the right or left could radically change the view. I began with a position that seemed obvious to me as a photographer, and then gradually lined up my view with the original using a series of Polaroid tests. The final vantage point was very close to the wall, and this made me wonder. Notman must have been very particular about the view he sought, to choose such an awkward position.
Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)