Monday, December 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: People In Their Workplace

The first day of each month is a theme day for photobloggers from around the world belonging to the City Daily Photo community. For the first of December, the theme is People In Their Workplace. You can find other interpretations of the theme right here.

I was out and about on the Civic Holiday weekend in August. Here in Ottawa we call it Colonel By Day, after John By, the founder of the city and the man who led the construction of the Rideau Canal. It's a busy day at the Ottawa Locks, here where the Canal meets the Ottawa River. I've chosen two people in period clothing as my people in their workplace subjects. They were two of several people in period clothing from the early 19th century, engaging with the public down along the Canal. These re-enactors would be members of local historical societies, but being in those clothes on a hot day certainly rates as a working day. The building in the background is the Chateau Laurier.

I have more shots from Colonel By Day to come in the days ahead.


  1. I look forward to learning more about Colonel By!

  2. Not your typical workers, that's for sure!

  3. Nice twist on the topic!

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  4. Nice candid shots of a fun place to work.

  5. People like to dress in a traditional way, to draw attention, but decently.


  6. Those soldiers' hats! So weird. But I guess they lent some panache to the uniform whether viewed from the side or the front.

  7. Yes, the heat would have gotten to me. Just like a Santa suit in Sydney in Decembeer. No thank you!!

  8. Must be a nice job to get dressed in historic clothes.

  9. how know i love these events!

  10. They seem to be lost in time and space ...

  11. I agree, wearing those clothes in sure is a work!
    But they sure look lovely :-)

  12. @EG: more of him to come!

    @Kay: certainly not.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Andy: and a busy place!

    @Tomas: they do.

    @Revrunner: they certainly did.

    @Julie: and yet they were walking about looking comfortable!

    @Marianne: they must enjoy it.

    @VP: I certainly thought so.

    @Tanya: so do I.

    @Jan: indeed.

    @Tamago: they do.

    @Birdman: quite true!

  13. Oh yeh they would be hot alright! The huge beaver in the background first shot made me smile William :)

  14. i'd have to work to stay in character in those clothes in the heat! :)

  15. Nice period costumes. i've often thought out forebears must have suffered greatly from the heat with all the clothes they wore.

    100 years from now, when they have people in period costumes at the beaches, they won't be wearing any clothes at all! :)

  16. It is a nice work for a day, something different from the usual...

  17. You have to have a bit of acting skill for this type of job.

  18. Seeing this mid summer photo makes me feel a little warmer.

  19. I like the giant beaver in the background with someone having their picture taken with it.

  20. Not your average work a day job image. Interesting and unusual choice for the theme.

  21. @Grace: I didn't think to photograph the giant beaver! Of course, it'll be there next year.

    @Tex: imagine one of them carrying a bottle of water. Quite a contrasting image.

    @Lowell: no wonder they tended to die off in their forties!

    @Karl: I like going with an alternate point of view for these themes.

    @Sharon: you certainly do.

    @Norma: and they weren't the only ones in period clothing!

    @Red: that was the idea!

    @Judy: having people close to it really gives it the sense of scale.

    @Jane: thank you!

  22. Hah! This is a good interpretation of the "worker" theme, William.

  23. I am sure these people have fun with their "job". :)

  24. They seem to be enjoying themselves!

    Colonel By, eh?

    My first thought was "Colonel by default" or "Colonel by choice" or "Colonel by proclamation" but "Colonel by day" makes me wonder what he is by night!

  25. I am curious what programme the Colonel follows on these day.

  26. They do look rather splendid in their costumes.

  27. I like your interpretation of the theme day.

  28. @Pat: thanks!

    @Luis: thank you.

    @Jack: I liked the idea!

    @Halcyon: they certainly must!

    @Cheryl: and here I've not thought of it like that!

    @Peter: there's quite a bit going on. I'll explain in the next post.

    @Denise: they certainly look like they've stepped out of time.

    @Marleen: thank you!

  29. I LOVE her dress
    Ive always liked that style

    did my recent car photos remind of these they too were pretty much doing the same work ?

    I look forward to more posts from you :)

  30. I'm sure it was enjoyable work for them!

  31. Nice costumes and really a work by a sunny day in august

  32. What a fun work for these nice be enjoyed by all. Look forward to more!

  33. love those outfits. ( :

    ps. i will have to look into the Ref. i have seen the Die Hard movies years ago. not recently. oh, i know the nursing home quote. oh yes. that is funny but not. you know what i mean. ha. ha!! ( :

    i recently saw the Billy Murray movie probably at the end of last year i think it was. that is wild. he is such a nut.

  34. I think I'm going to enjoy the coming days!

  35. @Jen: yes, those cars were quite a throwback in time!

    @RedPat: it certainly takes having an interest in the period.

    @Jennifer: it was!

    @Anna: thank you!

    @Lauren: more to come, though the last part of the shots have nothing to do with Colonel By!

    @Beth: Murray's one of those actors who could read the phone book and make it interesting.

    @Ciel: it's a switch from cold weather!

    @Randy: thanks!

  36. Love the costumes! I look forward to your additional posts.

  37. Great images! It reminds me of Williamsburg, VA.