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      Giuseppe Pascale’s view from within

       
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      Feb. 3, 2015

      Montreal photographer Giuseppe Pascale considers himself a late bloomer.

      “Before photography I was taking arts classes, but I couldn’t paint for my life,” he muses.

      “But I did learn composition. And I did realize eventually that my tool was my camera. So my work in art did pay off. I guess I can now call myself a semi-professional photographer, or a guy who takes pictures,” he continues.

      Last fall, the 33-year old photographer premiered a unique photo exhibit in association with the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

      A view from within features 19 photographs taken inside the hospital’s current space in downtown Montreal. Pascale calls it a “portrait study of the space as it stands today.”

      In May, the Montreal Children’s Hospital is scheduled to close its downtown building and move to its new home at 1001 Boulevard Décarie, better known as the Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre super hospital.

      Pascale has been a long time volunteer at the hospital.

      “I started thinking about how this area would change once the hospital closed. I decided to document the architecture of the building.”

      With the hospital’s green light, Pascale began photographing various interiors of the hospital throughout the better part of 2013.

      “It’s not that long as far as a photography project goes, but as far as an architectural project goes, it was long. The interior was a bit tricky, because I couldn’t just walk in with a camera and tripod and start taking photos,” he explains.

      By the time he was done, Pascale had a collection of 400 photographs. Then he, together with Teresa Di Bartolo, manager of the hospital’s Architectural Services, had to narrow that number down to 19.

      “19 is a very arbitrary number. When we calculated the space and how we would present the photographs, we calculated that we could present 19 photos,” he explains.

      The selection was a balance between what Pascale liked and what Di Bartolo wanted for the hospital.

      “It was a painstaking process,” Pascale admits.

      “We wanted to strike a balance between spaces everyone has seen, and others that no one sees. We wanted to show different aspects of the hospital that maybe people don’t know about or didn’t associate with the hospital. We wanted people to look at the photos and think, oh yes, I know that spot.”

      Pascale’s photography plays heavily on the study and beauty of architecture. His foray into photography actually began as a way to document his work while in architecture school, a field in which he still works today.

      “My focus in architecture has always been how buildings can interact with the population. They can set a mood for you. They are either very welcoming or intimidating. In the case of a hospital, it has to serve a purpose, it has to be practical, so it can end up being intimidating.”

      The A view from within exhibit will be on display in the 2B waiting area of the Montreal Children’s Hospital until May 2015. Exhibit prints are available for purchase, with half of the proceeds from the sales going to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

      To learn more about Giuseppe Pascale’s photography, please visit www.gpfoto.ca.

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