Yann Martel in Parc Jeanne-Mance,
Plateau Mont-Royal, September 2001

Yann was sharing an elegantly
high-ceilinged apartment overlooking a
park, with several other writers. His room
was austere. His sparse library was
stored in a few wooden fruit crates. We
talked about Montreal dance companies,
spirituality, marriage, and the Camino
Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage. He
was fascinated by the idea of a pilgrim
completing his long trek and burning
even his clothes at the destination, being
left in the condition of a newborn. We left
the apartment to shoot outside just as a
light rain began. When Yann saw this
image, he said, "I look a bit grim in that
photo, don't you think? Isn't there one
where I'm a little bit jollier?"