Although they’re not far apart, New York and Montreal are two very different cites for street photography. In New York almost anything goes. You can roam throughout the city with a camera photographing almost anything and go unnoticed. Montreal residents on the other hand enjoy their privacy…even in public. There a street photographer must be sensitive to this and shoot accordingly.
Michael Ernest Sweet is a photographer, educator, self-described retired poet and published author from Montreal who divides his time between these two very different cities. In the process he bridges the gap to create some very raw and truthful images of life on the streets in both places.
Earlier this year, Michael published his first book “Street Bible” and in December his latest book, “The Human Fragment” will be published by Brooklyn Arts Press.
If you have any interest in publising your work, Michael’s interview is well worth your time. He has both self-published and worked with a publishing house. In the interveiw he compares and contrasts the advantages of both and shares some interesting insights along the way.
Use the player below to listen to our conversation with Michael Ernest Sweet.
A Selection of Michael’s Images
Following is a selection of some of Michael’s photos that we discussed during the interview: