Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sentries At The Memorial

The Response, the formal title of Canada's National War Memorial, is a favourite photo subject for me. This first shot had it looking quite bleak, with the Chateau Laurier in the background.

On another day, the weather was in fine form as I visited, circling around the Memorial and taking in all of the details. The Memorial was inaugurated in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as a tribute to veterans of the First World War, and serves as a national memorial to all of the fallen of Canadian wars and military service. The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier is at its base, a more recent addition. It contains the remains of an unknown Canadian soldier re-interred here from his resting place at Vimy Ridge. From early April to the 10th of November, sentries are posted here throughout the day, standing at post for an hour before they are relieved by the next shift. They come from each branch of the armed forces, and will spend a few days doing this, twice a day, coming in from all parts of the country. Have a look at the changing of the sentries in this video. The ritual is brief, conducted at the end of the hour, alternating between English and French.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Two Churches

This is St. Timothy's Presbyterian Church. This can be found in the Gloucester area along Alta Vista Drive. The steep roof reminds me very much of another Presbyterian church my maternal grandparents attended in Guelph.

This, meanwhile, is St. Peter's Lutheran Church taken at night. I've featured the church before during Doors Open events. It's downtown, one of two churches occupying Cathedral Hill.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Crowd

Today I'm finishing this set from the Kontinuum multimedia show that occupied a future LRT station here in Ottawa beneath the core this summer.

After leaving the station platforms, a wall was the final stop of the exhibit. Taking the card you scanned of yourself at the beginning of the exhibition, you scanned the barcode into readers at the base. Your digital counterpart would appear on the wall above in a flourish of colours and lights. This includes yours truly, looking the part of Yul Brynner. 

This last shot of me is from another visit, when I decided to go with that song suggestion and wear sunglasses at night. Yes, for the record, any attempt at a smile from me automatically defaults to a smirk.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Carrying on with images taken at Kontinuum today, and I will be concluding this tomorrow. Check out the second video here.

Friday, September 22, 2017


I have some more from Kontinuum today, namely the main area of the exhibition.