Francis Vachon Photographe

May 23, 2009

Dramatic golden hour over Quebec city

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This kind of light is usually up for less than 5 minutes per day. Gotta be ready!

Water engineer students

Water engineers students
Water engineering program director and teacher Christian Bouchard poses with students Emilie Berrouard, Amelie Theriault and David J-Langlois, near a river model used in this new program at Universite Laval in Quebec city April 28, 2009. FRANCIS VACHON/ THE GAZETTE
Technical: Canon EOS Mark III, 1/125 at f6,3 with a 16-35 at 24mm – ISO 320 + flash through an umbrella on camera right and left, direct flash behind subject slightly on camera left

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May 15, 2009

Asbestos mining in Thetford Mines

Earlier this week, I drove Thetford Mines. I wanted to get some stock photos of the decaying asbestos mining industry. The city became a hub for one of the world’s largest asbestos-producing regions before the industry went to a major slum when health concern was raised starting to appear some decades ago.

The huge mine tails, the abandoned mines, and the one still active are very impressive and gave me some cool photo. Here is some, but see more on my Thetford Mines asbestos mining stock photo collection.

Plus tôt cette semaine, je suis allé dans la région québécoise de Chaudière-Appalaches jusqu’à Thetford Mines. Je voulais ajouter à ma collection d’images quelques photos de l’industrie de l’amiante. La ville était auparavant un des plus importants centres miniers de cette industrie jusqu’à ce que les risques pour la santé lors de l’utilisation de ce produit ont été évoqués il y a quelques décennies.

Les haldes (énormes montagnes de résidus miniers), les sites abandonnés et les mines toujours en fonction m’ont donné quelques photos très impressionnantes. En voici quelques-unes, mais vous pouvez en voir plus sur ma galerie de stock photo de l’industrie de l’amiante à Thetford Mines.

Abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mine
Abandoned asbestos mining site is pictured in Thetford Mines (Quebec, Canada) May 13, 2009. Thetford Mines was founded in 1876 after the discovery of large asbestos deposits in the area, and the city became a hub for one of the world’s largest asbestos-producing regions.

Abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mine
Abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mine

Abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mine
Abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mine

Rusting dump trucks
Rusting dump trucks are pictured on an abandoned asbestos mining site in Thetford Mines (Quebec, Canada) May 13, 2009

Asbestos mine tailings in Thetford Mines
An abandoned railroad is seen beside an asbestos mine tailings in Thetford Mines (Quebec, Canada) May 13, 2009

LAB (Lake Asbestos Mine) in Thetford Mines
LAB (Lake Asbestos Mine / Mine Lac d’Amiante) asbestos mining site in the Black Lake district of Thetford Mines (Quebec, Canada) May 13, 2009

May 12, 2009

A bike

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May 7, 2009

PY Lord, radio and TV host

PY Lord

PY Lord

PY Lord is the radio host at “Energie” in Quebec city and also the TV host for Loft Story on TQS TV station

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