In a small town in the province of Québec, an unmanned train transporting crude oil exploded on July 6, 2013. 47 people were killed, making it Canada’s deadliest train disaster in almost 150 years.
Michel Huneault arrived twenty hours after the explosion and continued visiting the community during the following year photographing inside and outside the damaged area. The impressions gathered through research and through intimate discussions with locals loomed over him while he was documenting the calm eeriness of the town, where everything had changed one fateful night at 1:15 am. Huneault became close friends with many Méganticois, sharing their emotions: pain, anger, hopes for healing and peace of mind. Their complicity echoes throughout the work, which became an active fragment of an evolving collective memory.
Schilt Publishing, 2016