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With a View

A photo essay by Michel Huneault for Geist.

Black and white image with transparent overlay: rural path between fields with fencing, trees in the distance
With a View – clip from photo essay by Michel Huneault

In September 2020 the photographer Michel Huneault was invited to do a six-week artist residency in Frelighsburg, Québec, to document the area of Canada and the United States along the forty-fifth parallel (the halfway point between the equator and the North Pole), between Lakes Champlain and Memphremagog, an area shared by Québec and the state of Vermont.

As in Huneault’s previous work (including a series on the European migrant crisis in 2015, which appeared in Geist 98, and another series in 2017 on the border at Roxham Road, New York, an entry point commonly used by asylum seekers from the US), he was once again attracted to the border: “not to the official ports of entries but more precisely where we don’t really see it. I was curious to find its path, with the initial intent to document it in a typological and archival fashion for posterity.”

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Geist is a magazine of ideas and culture made in Canada with a strong literary focus and a sense of humour.