Every morning on my way into the Plank office I take in this intruiging view. It's just outside our front door and I can't help but wonder if this is the perfect shot of Montreal. Yes, we have a beautiful skyline when you cross the Champlain Bridge from the south, and the view from just about anywhere on Mount Royal is often nothing short of stunning. However this encapsulates the history of Montreal better than any other viewpoint.
You have the beautiful architecture of St. James United Church somewhere in the middle and towering far behind, the relatively new KPMG building. That's flanked by a couple of other corporate monoliths which I suppose can represent the modern era of our fair city. But the real kicker for me is the establishment in the lower right of the shot: probably the most notorious of local businesses. Love it or hate it, it has become a part of our landscape and therefore a perfect addition to this historical perspective of Montreal. Lili St. Cyr, after all was the "most famous woman in Montreal" in the 40's and 50's — much to the chagrin of the highly influential local churches.
Our office is a stone's throw from the Jazz Festival, so I often see tourists stopping to take this very same shot for the juxtaposition of the KPMG building behind the Cathedral, and I can't help but wonder if they're getting that fine establishment in their shot, as well.
I had to shoot this with my phone, so I promise to up the res a little next week. 'Til then.
(John has a few shots on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/41071303@N07/)