Laura Secord Loses Snowball Fight (January 14, 2008)
Joseph Brant, Urban Warrior (May 14, 2008)
Spare Personhood? (April 17, 2007)
Terry Fox (May 1, 2010)
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (January 6, 2008)
I like to photograph statues. They're very cooperative subjects. Still photography invests them with a greater illusion of life, paradoxically by making everyone else immobile. And you can use their environment to tell stories.
According to our stats page, Kate Beaton came to look at Laura Secord, but she probably went away disappointed because the picture is quite sad. The previous night's blizzard has left Secord looking beaten and troubled, like a girl who has been ganged up on in the school yard.
Notice that someone has attached a lock to Joseph Brant's gorget? They had to remove the statue to get it off.
One of the Famous Five makes a gesture used by panhandlers in the nearby Byward Market.
Terry Fox, the important part.
Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, with his back toward Parliament, looks alienated by the way history has turned out.
I left out Window-Smashing Bear Escapes! because the season, colours and mood set it apart from these five, but it demostrates perfectly how context is all. Douglas
1. Your credit card company changes the interval from statement (the day they print out the paper) to payment (the day they receive your payment) from 24 to 21 days. There has been no corresponding increase in the post office's efficiency in moving the statement to and the payment fro.
2. Simultaneously, your credit card company changes its interest rate from 19.75% to 24.75%. This 5% increase is not accompanied by any increase in services, or even prompted by any change in the number of times the card's been whipped out.
Why crows? Probably my father's fault since he liked to claim he was going off to shoot crows when he and his buddies were headed into the woods to drink beer. And if it wasn't crow shooting, it was porcupine shooting. And when porcupines or crows weren't to hand, there was beer can shooting or floating bleach bottle shooting. The advantage of beer cans and bleach containers, I suppose, was that people wouldn't complain that the kids where murdering animals. (Um, yes, lots of target practice. Um, yes, lots of different types of guns. Um, yes, we were all pretty good shots by the time we were 10. And, um, yes, it's not that hard to make your own ammunition.)