Was looking into old photos in my Flickr … thinking I might find something inspiring to write about, when I found this. It’s in a mall in Quebec … «Place Laurier». I think it has changed the name now to Laurier Quebec.
I remember well the reason why I shot it. H&M, which is a Swedish clothing company, had just opened there, and I thought it was so cool to see a familiar logo. However … photography wasn’t really my thing at the time. You just see two red dots, so I even had to make an arrow! 🙂
This was shot in 2007, just about a year before we moved away from there, and by then I was used to these malls. In the beginning, I was overwhelmed. They are HUGE! In this particular place, there are sort of three, immense malls, connected to one another. I wouldn’t know how much time you’d have to spend there in order to see everything.
In the foreground in the picture … on the white column, you see a vertical sign saying “Mail Central”. When I’d first arrived in Quebec , we often went to the malls … sat around in some coffee shop, I used to roam around the malls, shopping.
I kept seeing those signs here and there … sometimes they said “Mail Sud” or so. Took some time for it to sink in, but finally it struck me that I kept seeing those signs but I never saw any post office. Didn’t think much of it so it took several months before I asked Gerry what the deal was with all the mail signs.
Turned out «mail» is the French word for “Mall”.
That was just one little experience I had with the French language…