I was recently asked by a former client if I would cover a couple of events the UK High Commission had planned for the Capital Pride festival in Ottawa this past weekend. More specifically they were hosting a Movie Night under the stars at Earnscliffe (the High Commissioner’s residence) and would be marching in the Capital Pride parade on Sunday.
The movie Pride is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. British High Commissioner Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque hosted a wonderful evening featuring Welsh Cheese, fruits and of course popcorn! There was an impressive guest list of dignitaries and foreign diplomats all celebrating diversity and the freedom to be who you are and love who you want to love.
Funds raised during the evening went to the Ten Oaks Project which brings together and supports children and youth from LGBTQ+ communities.
Here are some of my favourite photos from the movie night.
August 28, 2018
“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. ”— HCartier-Bresson
I have been thinking a lot lately about what the good life is as a photographer and why take so many photographs? I am coming to realize how much I cherish the ability to slow down and appreciate the gifts that I have.
I am keenly aware of the impermanence of everything. Family and friends come and go through death, divorce, misunderstandings or simply relocations. Photography is my attempt to honour and preserve the good times.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the Arboretum at the Experimental Farms. Saydee loves to go there because it is rife with squirrels.
First published June 8, 2018
“Art depends on there being affection in its creator’s life, and an artist must find ways, like everyone else, to nourish it. A photographer down on his knees picturing a dog has found pleasure enough to make many things possible.”— Robert Adams in “Why People Photograph”.
I admit moving back to my hometown in Ottawa has been a bit of a challenge to stay inspired photographically anyway. However, last week I had the opportunity to visit Perth: a small town east of Ottawa. I was struck how quaint and pretty it was. Except for the architecture, it reminded me a bit of Yellowknife. I especially want to return at the beginning of winter…
First published August 24, 2018