One of my favourite cities to visit and photograph in Ontario is Ottawa, our national capital. This beautiful town is always busy and filled with wonderful buildings to photograph and if you use an odd camera (Like a Hasselblad or my Intrepid 4×5) there’s always an RCMP officer on Parliament Hill wanting to chat with you about your gear and working with film. At least that’s what’s happened to me twice now.
Ottawa’s history can trace itself back to the Anglo-American War of 1812. Following the war a method was needed to securly transport troops and supplies from Halifax onto the Great Lakes without sailing past the American guns on the other side of the St. Lawrence River and in 1826 Colonel By of the Royal Engineers began construction of the Rideau Canal that would connect Lake Ontario at Kingston to the Ottawa River and thus Montreal on the St. Lawrence. Of course the Canal was never used to move troops, and today is a beautiful civilian waterway and skating rink in Ottawa. Bytown grew with the lumbertrade and was renamed Ottawa in 1854 and by the selection of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria selected as the Capital of the Province of Canada 1857.
One of the first things that was done was begin construction of a permanent seat of the new Canadian Government, what would become Parliament Hill already government property (due to the presence of a military outpost) was chosen and construction of three beautiful Gothic Revival buildings. Tragidy struck the Center Block in 1916, when fire destroyed all by the library (saved by the courage of the librarian who shut the fireproof door). The building was rebuilt and was completed in 1927, complete with the Peace Tower the first memorial to Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War. Ottawa is truely a Canadian treasure with plenty of museums, galleries, and other things to see. It is also home to the Canadian National War Memorial (my second favourite memorial) and the Canadian War Museum (my favourite Museum). Totally worth a visit if you get a chance both for Canadians and Americans!
Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 (Yellow) – Rollei RPX 25 @ ASA-25
Blazinal (1+50) 11:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC