I came to this place on the afternoon after I arrived at Alert. It is difficult to describe how amazing this place is, It felt as though I left my home in Ontario and stepped out onto another planet. First that is the ice covered Arctic Ocean you are seeing out there and that is certainly not the sun. The sun was not due to rise in Alert for another 10 days, so what I got while I was there during “normal” daylight hours was twilight, which frankly is a photographers dream.. Here where I was standing when I took this picture is something else entirely. A crazy thing about this spot is that while I was taking this picture unless there was someone flying over the North Pole in an aircraft I was probably the northernmost person on earth for a few minutes. Much more importantly though what you can’t see from this picture is that about 10 feet to my left were the graves of 9 Canadian servicemen who died in a RCAF Lancaster 965 that crashed near Alert in 1950. Through the graves you could see that some arctic wolves had walked by not so very long ago. I did not take any pictures of the graves as I did not think any photograph I could take could do them the justice they deserved. I read their names, looked around and heard the silence around me, it was one of those moments that I will never forget and is impossible to describe.
It has been what feels like forever since I finished my 2013 Photo Challenge, when in fact it has only been a little over a week. It is still boggles my mind that I was able to do it. It was a certainly a hard challenge to do but one in the end is so very worth it. Now I have all of 2013 to remember in pictures. The best part is this challenge captured all the craziness that happened this year, from my sister getting married and having beautiful little girl to me getting a new job in Ontario. It has been a roller coaster year and one I will love looking through for a long time to come. Though once I was done I was struck with the question of what to do next? I knew I wanted to keep taking pictures but perhaps not to the same sheer volume I did this past year. So I decided that every month I will pick a new theme and instead of once a day I will be publishing a series of images each along a common theme. January’s theme was given to me by my friend Lisa, nice and simple Black and White. Here are the first images of of the month :).
This is a piece of art that is out in front of my new work in North York. I didn’t think it before, but looking at these pictures, this contraption reminds me of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian Jackal God of the Dead. I have always loved the mythology surrounding that pantheon of gods, it is always just fascinated me. One of my favorites was always Anubis, you can see his face small and unassuming at the top there. Perhaps all those things are the tools of mummification, or he happens to be holding the really complex scales of Osiris… Either way this statue has been given new life in my mind and that makes all the more Awesome.
So I went to the Royal Ontario Museum today to see the Mesopotamia and Wildlife photography exhibits and somewhat ironically forgot my camera. It was fine in the end because they did not allow photographs in those specific exhibits anyway but when I got home I was wondering what I could take a picture of that was still out of history, though perhaps not as far back as say the dinosaurs… In my parents basement I saw this, our old hockey game that my Dad found when I was a kid in a building that was going to be demolished. All mechanical and with interchangeable players from all the original six teams in the NHL. Now I have never been a hockey fan but this is still a great game to play even now.
Today was one heck of a whirlwind. I had a great deal to do tonight and then to top it off when I went to go and do some of it my car wouldn’t start. It would not even turn over so I thought maybe the battery leads need to be cleaned. I spent quite a while with this view but as it turned out it did not fix anything.. Though I did think the view was rather interesting in anycase
I was walking around in this wonderful old bookstore in Halifax and came across this fantastic mirror apparently designed to catch shoplifters apparently.. but as I looked at it I half expected to hear “Ook” and the rattle of chains coming from the ceiling…Makes me wonder if this is what L-space might look like… If you don’t get this reference look up the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, they are fantastic fun!