These images of the late Leonard Cohen hold a deep emotional tie for me. All were captured during a weekend trip to Montreal; one of those weekends you plan to get away from your everyday life and see other cultures.
Adding to our Montreal 'todo' list my wife had suggested visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, where they were exhibiting 'A Crack in Everything' - a tribute to Leonard Cohen on the first anniversary of his death. I knew little about Cohen as I entered the museum (other than perhaps his writing of the song 'Hallelujah') but the exhibit and his life story left me deeply moved. Understanding how his battle against depression, lost love, and outlook on life shaped his words formed a deep impression. I could see why this son, poet and songwriter of Montreal was so revered and missed.
It was on a visit to another Montreal museum on the following day that I came across this towering mural. The 9-story painting covers over 1,000 square meters of a high rise building, inspired by a photograph captured by Cohen's daughter, Lorca. The weather that day was an unforgiving mix of snow and freezing rain which I feel casts a fitting and somber mood to the scene.
These images for me act as a reminder that life is not about sitting at home but getting out there, exploring and finding new inspirations - whether that be from beauty in the world we see or the story of some old guy that speaks to your inner soul.
In parting I'd like to finish with some of my favorite poetic lyrics from one of Leonard's songs - 'Dance Me to the End of Love';
"Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love"
Rest in peace Leonard - larger than life, even in death.....