Time to meet some of Montreal's strangers. Being a cosmopolitan city with different boroughs of various vibes, Montreal has citizens of all sorts, each with their own story. Annex Photography's Strangers of MTL seeks to showcase these "strangers" and give a voice to the wonderfully-random residents of Montreal.

Annex Photography (consisting of two photographers: Annie Bakopoulos and Alex Paaren) were inspired by the project Humans of New York, which works on the same premise: starting up a conversation with a stranger them and taking their portrait. The photographer has a short convo with the person, and a quote from the chat is attached to the photo on the FB page and instagram account.

100 Montrealers will be featured in Annex Photography's project, with the first 8 featured below. A full photography service, Annex Photography also does weddings, baby sessions, engagement sessions and any other important events, along with Strangers of MTL.

#1. Sheena

  • Sheena works at Chez Fred, a local french boulangerie found in my hood of NDG.
  • Sheena is originally from Vancouver but has lived in Montreal for 7 years now, studying social work.

#2. "Cuba"

  • Food Truck Route27 - Olympic Stadium
  • "I don't remember, they gave me a nickname at the truck and that's what everyone calls me. So I guess my name is Cuba."

#3. "Laurent"

  • St. Hilaire
  • "I'm thinking Sports Medicine. I would put my residency on hold for the NFL, but I would do some rotations when I can."

#4 "Dominique"

  • NDG
  • "I'm studying Fine Arts at Dawson so that I can learn proper painting techniques that I'll probably never use."

#5 "Francesco"

  • Westmount
  • "What do you love about Montreal?"
  • "I love the women. They're delicious, muah!"

#6 "Thalie"

  • Girouard Park
  • "What's the hardest part of being in a long distance relationship?"
  • "Not being able to just sit in a park together."

#7 "Pujeet", "Joely" and "Nik"

  • Westmount
  • "In honor of Mother's Day coming up, tell me about your mothers"
  • Nik: "When I was in 9th grade, I was sad because of a break-up. My mom saw that I was upset and wanted to get my mind off of it, so she took me to Greece. It was nice because she thought of me and wanted to spend time with me to make me feel better."
  • "Best thing about your mom?"
  • Joely: "I can ask her anything."
  • Pujeet: "I've learned how to be tough from my mom. Forgiving, but tough."

#8 "Marisa and Stephanie"

  • Stephanie: "No matter what the patients go through, they still smile at the end of the day."
  • Marisa: "I think parents are surprised to learn just how present nurses are."
  • Both Stephanie and Marisa are pediatric oncology nurses.

For more Strangers of MTL, follow them on Instagram @StrangersofMTL and check out Annex Photography's FB page.

Will you be a Stranger of MTL?

For more on all things Montreal, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte

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