Photojournalism: Culture Clash Of Vieux-Quebec

Photojournalism: Culture Clash In Vieux-Québec

Revealing the layers, one shot at a time.

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During the summer, I had the magnificent opportunity to visit Quebec City, Quebec, one of the oldest French Quarters in North America. Surrounding by the elegant Quebecois, mouth-watering scents of authentic poutine and endless rows of European villages, I never felt more welcomed in my life. The fresh air and the quiet streets contrasted the bustle of life back at home. Despite the isolation of this small city, Vieux Quebec offered more than I could ever imagine. Here are some of the shots I managed to capture. Enjoy.

1. The Floating Cities of Habitat 67

Habitat 67Claire Lin

A feature of decade old Brutalist architecture, Habitat 67 was a failure of a housing project that is now a tourist attraction. Although I was unable to join the tour inside, the concrete blocks were just a pond's stretch away.

2. L'oratoire de Saint Joseph du Mont Royale

A shrine in Montreal, QuebecClaire Lin

Inside the massive cathedral that holds a multi-layer sanctuary, a shrine lit with candles radiated eerily along the walls. I found the contrast of colors in the dark room very chilling. It seemed to send the message that no one wants answered: heaven or hell?

Find out more about the oratory here.

3. Chateau Frontenac

Chateau Frontenac after a rainstormClaire Lin

This castle, now hotel, offers a multitude of diners, rooms and antique shops. Even better, it sits on the riverbed that sends a nice breeze in the evenings. Taken after a storm, the play of lights on the boardwalk created an capture-worthy feature.

Find out more about this luxury hotel here.

4. Street Performer in Vieux-Quebec

Street PerformerClaire Lin

Lit with fiery torches, sky-high unicycles and flying blades, this man set the audience on fire with laughter throughout the night. These performances were free but they were truly worth a $100 ticket. I simply emphasized the underlying tones to create a purple hue.

5. Mythical Shoes

Street Performer near Petite ChamplainClaire Lin

So good, it deserved another shot.

6. Cafe La Maison

Man at Cafe La MaisonClaire Lin

Heart-throbbing and saddening, this photo captures the average life in Quebec. The coffee shops that line the cobblestone alleys are a good place to grab a quick drink, snack or diner before heading out on an evening stroll.

7. Mosaic

Stained Glass SilhouetteClaire Lin

With a history of European architecture and art, Quebec holds an array of stained glass within its cathedrals. Sometimes, these murals stretch hundreds of feet into the air. Breathtaking.

8. Reflection

Reflection inside Montreal's MallClaire Lin

No words to say. I haven't seen a mall this gorgeous in the States yet....

9. Rainbow Road

Palais de Congres MontrealClaire Lin

Mario cart fans, here's your glimpse into paradise.

See the full look here.

9. Sister Jude

Worship in QuebecClaire Lin

In the background lies a gold-plated statue of Jesus upon His throne, and within the church, not a single sound but light murmurs of prayers.

10. Don't Criticize

Religious practices in styleClaire Lin

Sometimes you'll never expect to capture moments like these, but I appreciate.

11. Unlikely Pals

Chinatown in MontrealClaire Lin

While grabbing a quick bubble tea in Chinatown, Montreal, I spotted a street guitarist happily chatting with a skateboarding boy. It was the happiest he seemed in a while.

12. Maison de la Litterature

Maison de la LitteratureClaire Lin

To finish it off with my favorite location during my trip, let me present the most beautiful library in history. Honestly, I've never wanted to read books so much in my life.

Note: All photos are products of my own. If re-posted, credit must be attributed.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

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I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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