Sunday, October 22, 2017

True Patriot Love

The progress of provinces and territories formally coming into being within Confederation are projected onto Centre Block as part of Northern Lights, with the flags of each fluttering so convincingly that it looks like they're real, as opposed to projections of light.

The third theme of Northern Lights is Discovery And Adventure, examining explorers encountering First Nations peoples all the way to the technology of the current day, such as Canadians in space.

The fourth theme is Valour, and examines Canadian military history, particularly the First and Second World Wars, with places like Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach prominent in the program.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a summer tradition on Parliament Hill. A light show depicting the history of the country in five themes is projected onto Centre Block. For all the time I've lived in this city, I've never attended, but this past September, I attended on the last two nights of the event, September 15th and 16th. The photos date back to the first night, and I took a video of the finale on the second night. By September, it's dark by nine, which is when things get underway; at the height of summer, the show starts at ten o'clock. Narration alternates between English and French, as do the quotations throughout the show. I'll have more of this over the next two days. This might be the last time for this program for awhile; Centre Block is due to be under renovation work for some time, but looking at the West Block, it might well be possible that it can be projected onto that.

The show begins with Centre Block first lit up as a prologue, then its predecessor, the original Centre Block, super-imposed against it. The fire of 1916 is shown bringing down the entire structure, along with the closing of doors by a fast thinking clerk, which saved the Library of Parliament from the flames.

The prologue complete, the first theme begins: the Foundation of the Nation. The First Peoples of the continent and the arrival of Europeans are featured.

The second theme is Strength in Partnership. It commences with a conversation in French and English between John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier, their faces and silhouettes projected onto the stone of Centre Block as the two discuss the challenges of forging a nation out of the British colonies, and the history of collaboration and cooperation of those who have come before.

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Matrix

Concluding my series on Kontinuum today, here's one more look at the main station. I have a good number of shots from other visits to this show filed away in archives for potential use for theme days, so odds are you may see some of them down the line.

The last part of the exhibit is of course the wall where you can scan your card and have your digital self appear. When the images dissolve after thirty seconds or so, it feels like watching your Matrix counterpart vanish. 

Here I am, just about to dissolve into the digital void.

The card, which basically is the size of a bookmark, could also be used to download your image into a gif or jpg from the website itself, with the resulting image watermarked with the event's name. This is one of me from another visit-  I could have used one of these for that photographing the photographer theme day. I hope you've enjoyed these Kontinuum posts. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Here we have more from Kontinuum today, with the fantastic lights and shapes on the translucent screens set between the two track beds.

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.