Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blue Light

If you happen to be over at Facebook, I started up a page for Ottawa Daily Photo there the other day. Mostly for now it'll just be the links and the occasional archive photo. In between wrongful suspensions and being locked out for no reason. Did I mention I'm not a fan of Zuckerberg these days?

I have more from Kontinuum today. Staircases and passages in the exhibit tended to be lit with rich, moody colours, particularly blues, which gave things a dream-like feel.

Down at the main platform area, the images and music played for five minutes or so before restarting, and the lighting of the station itself mimicked the movement at times of a train rushing through, as will happen next year when the LRT does pass through these stations beneath the downtown core.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Kontinuum was a major multimedia show that took place over the summer in what will be an LRT station next year in the downtown core. It was a light and music show, free to the public, bringing you through the underground station. I visited on a number of occasions, especially towards the end of its run. Moment Factory, the production company that put this together, is presently part of Miwate, the event that's lighting up the Chaudiere Falls in the evenings through early November. The visit started with scanning yourself, an image that would be incorporated into the show.

Then the path went past a series of quotes on journeys, travel, and light.

There was a point where you chose one of two paths. On one visit, I caught this woman just about to step into one such path.

On this path, lights shone down from above, and stepping into them would trigger dancing lights and music.

A room beyond featured a display of geometric shapes, lines, and colours over a period of three minutes or so.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stormy Skies

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for November 1st is Rock N' Roll.

One afternoon in early September I was in the Gloucester area running errands, waiting for a bus. There was heavy rain that day, off and on, and dramatic skies looking east and west.

The bus took me up to Billings Bridge, where the mall has one of the major stations along our transitway. The skies retained that dramatic look.

Further north, I took this shot at the Sunnyside Library, where the sunflowers were still bright at that time. The wall of the stadium at Lansdowne Park can be glimpsed in the background.

And nearby, I looked east and west from the Bank Street Bridge over the Canal to get views of the dark skies.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

National Parks

One of the displays at Inspiration Village was about the national parks of Canada, which can be found in every single province and territory. Some are larger, some smaller. Some are easily accessible, others are in remote spots. Parks Canada manages them, and also manages the various National Historic Sites spread throughout the country.

Here we have a larger view of Inspiration Village, with the Connaught Building and the Peace Tower in the background.

Nunavut's displays caught my interest during my visits to Inspiration Village over the summer. The territory, created as a division of the Northwest Territories at the end of the 20th century, features some of our most rugged and beautiful landscapes.

In this display, the background banner includes one of those landscapes- Mount Thor.

I should have photographed this display a few minutes earlier than I did. Manitoba's display included large polar bears of the stuffed animal variety, and when I was first looking here, a family had a little white dog posing among the bears. That dog was very patient; one expects it was used to being a photo subject.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Inspiration Village

As I'm doing other things today here, I have a photo post at my writer's blog today about a recent open house at the National Arts Centre. Go on over and take a look.

Inspiration Village is the title of an installation that went through the summer here in Ottawa, set in the Byward Market downtown. It was staged as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, consisting of music, buskers, and displays of provinces, territories, and other organizations. On Labour Day, the last day it was active, I came by to photograph. Stilt walkers were in abundance. 

One of the stilt walkers went about, proclaiming that she was everyone's favourite season: autumn.

There were a couple of large signs here for posing for photos; this first one is an initiative of one of our banks, and there have been counterparts of it elsewhere across the country this summer.

The second one you've seen glimpses of above, and it was the city spelled out large scale. I have more from this event tomorrow.

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Brooding Skyline

I wrote a guest post for Molly Jo, which you can check out at this link. Appropriately for October, it's a ghost story about the Chateau Laurier.

I took these on the same day as my previous three posts, on Labour Day, when we had brooding skies all day. I stopped in at Parliament Hill, which has been featuring a Canada 150 sign through much of the summer. This is likely the one that was in Major's Hill Park on Canada Day.

This view from Plaza Bridge looks north towards Gatineau, over the Ottawa Locks of the Rideau Canal where it meets the Ottawa River.

Coming into the Byward Market (where I'll show you tomorrow an event I had not covered at all this summer), I photographed the American embassy against that sky.

To the south of the embassy stands the Connaught Building.

Between the two buildings are the York Steps, which lead up towards Major's Hill Park. A stylized maple leaf has been painted onto the steps.

Leaving the Rideau Centre, I found it damp on the Mackenzie King Bridge, and photographed first to the south, towards Ottawa City Hall, then west to the core, and north over the last stretch of the Rideau Canal with its familiar views of the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill.