On February 27, 2020, the Province of Quebec confirmed its first case of Covid-19. When all nonessential businesses were ordered closed on March 23, I looked upon this as a serious disruption of work, but one which would go away sooner rather than later. April came and as an exercise to occupy time until things sorted out, I started to document what I found 100 metres from the front door. When the calendar flipped to May, that limitation was lifted to include Côte-des-Neiges and the adjacent Town of Hampstead, both areas within easy walking distance.
As the months and seasons pass, I realise that restrictions imposed by the pandemic provide a unique framework to reimagine the Montreal neighbourhood I call home. Somewhat reshaped by Covid-19, it remains a functioning, oddly inspiring place.
© 2020 Daniel Wiener