LocationMontreal, Canada
StudioJames Brittain

Grey skies, snow and cold. These are constant features of life during a Canadian winter, and yet they show up fairly infrequently in photographs of new architecture. Winter is an exceptionally beautiful time for pictures - it's tough on the hands when out with the camera, but snow and soft winter light have special qualities that can inspire wonder and delight. Montreal architects Pelletier de Fontenay asked me to photograph La Maison Hatley in rural Quebec over the winter, and I chose to make this and other exterior pictures of the project with overcast skies.