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