Born in 1967 in the cosmopolitan city of Montreal, Rico Michel is a portrait and street photographer, graphic designer, and local musician. He leads a few parallel lives as a graphic designer, as author and guitarist with groups Les Michels and Bienvenue aux dames, and as a portrait and street photographer. These seemingly separate paths eventually rub off on each other, forming a rich experience that draws from both the rational and the creative side of the brain.
“Midsummer Reverie” is a short documentary film about midsummer in Montreal, Quebec, shot in July 2017. The idea follows from my work both as a street photographer and as a musician, bringing these labours of love together in one small homage to my home city, Montreal. Camera and Soundtrack by Rico.
Le plateau Mont-Royal is an actual geological plateau that was formed 125 million years ago by the volcanic activities of the Mount Royal. Le Plateau begins with the steep Sherbrooke slope (cyclists beware), sits on the right of the mountain, and ends north and east with the railroad tracks.
This Montreal arrondissement affectionately known as La République du Plateau was built in the 1900s as a working-class neighborhood, and has over the years become a much fabled area. Unlevel floors and leaking windows notwithstanding, le Plateau stands today as cultural stronghold, retaining most of its small town spirit centered around Mont-Royal avenue.
96% of the time, film photography wouldn’t be your wisest choice. Although the negative is a physical object, the qualities of film are mostly intangible — maybe it’s about a certain mystique. Me personally, I just love it more. One thing for sure, film isn’t right now. Film is the anti-instantaneous, the extra-long lasting flavor.