Political Pictorial

Parliament From All Angles

Update – January 2018

Parliament images by Michel Loiselle.

Lunch at the Canadian Museum of History

Visiting Ottawa soon? I invite you to discover some inspirational photography of the Canadian Parliament.

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Creating and showcasing images of our gothic heritage buildings is what this post is about. Read how shooting the Hill year-round, day or night for 7 years can grow a photo collection. See the different perspectives, angles and compositions this institution is capable of displaying. Read my post 7 Year Parliament Project to find out more.

Michel – Website

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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US Embassy in Ottawa

UPDATE: March 2018

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle

The United States has had an official diplomatic presence in Canada since 1827. The building consolidates more than 10 Embassy-related offices and houses more than 200 people. Stock photography by Michel LoiselleReflecting the close relationship of friendly neighbors, the United States Embassy was completed in 1999, to harmonize with Ottawa’s urban design contexts on the embassy’s four sides: the Byward Market to the East; the Peacekeeping Monument and National Gallery to the North; the Federal district and Major’s Hill Park to the west; and the York Steps to the south. The embassy’s interior, showcasing the art of 59 artists from the United States, is organized as two bars of office space, joined by an atrium in the center.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleArchitect – David Childs

David Childs (born 1941 Princeton, New Jersey) is a consulting design partner with the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He is best known for his controversial redesign of the new One World Trade Center in New York. Childs graduated from Yale University in 1963 and earned a master’s degree from the Yale School of Art and Architecture in 1967.

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleAbout David Childs’ Embassy in Canada:

  • Size: 13,7983 square feet (12,819 square meters)
  • Design: A “plinth” stone base provides continuity and unity to the uneven terrain of the site; a center tower provides light and circulation to the interior
  • Example of Appropriate Architecture: Designed for this setting to suitably function as an embassy
  • Architectural Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Stock photography by Michel LoiselleControversy

Local architects and citizens complained that the structure overshadowed the historic market and suggested that it looked like a battleship, or worried about the danger posed to local businesses by potential terrorist attacks against the embassy. These complaints were aggravated after the September 11 attacks, when a number of roads around the embassy were blocked, affecting traffic and hurting businesses. To this day traffic flow on Sussex Drive has been hampered by the closing of one of the lanes in order to place extra barriers.

US Embassy to Canada. Photo, Michel Loiselle

Office

Kelly Night Craft

On October 23, 2017, Kelly Night Craft was appointed US Ambassador to Canada. She is the first woman to assume this office. To find out more, visit Wikipedia below:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Knight_Craft#/search

Stock photography by Michel LoisellePhotography

The pictures in this article can be obtained by visiting the Portfolio on mostphotos.com.  I invite you to also see the Canadian Parliament photo collection. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Files are professionally produced and ready for publishing online or in print. I hope you’ve enjoyed touring the US Embassy, thank you and have a great evening!

Source: Doors Open, Wikipedia

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill – Live Music is Always Best – The Confederation Building

Haunted Castle

Update: March 2018

The Château Laurier Hotel – A Photo Essay

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier is a grand hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown Ottawa, Canada, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Châteauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel was commissioned by Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays, and it opened in 1912. Featuring original Tiffany stained glass windows and hand-moulded plaster decorations, Château Laurier Hotel was named after Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then Prime Minister of Canada.

This historic landmark plays host to royalty, heads of state, political figures, celebrities and members of Canada’s elite. R.B. Bennett lived in a suite during his term as Canadian prime minister, from 1930 to 1935.

Changing Hands

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel was operated by Canadian National Hotels until the chain was purchased by Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1988. In 1999, it was renamed the Fairmont Château Laurier after they bought the Fairmont hotel chain.

In addition to guests, the Château Laurier served as the home of two important Ottawa institutions. From 1924 to 2004, the seventh and eight floors were dedicated to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s local radio stations. Yousuf Karsh, one of the world’s most renowned portrait photographers, maintained his studio and residence at the Château Laurier for many years.

Perfect Location

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe hotel is just metres away from some of the capital’s most important landmarks including Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial, the U.S. Embassy, and the Rideau Centre. Given its proximity to these buildings and the fact that it has served as a home and meeting place for many notable political figures over the years, the hotel has often been referred to as “the third chamber of Parliament”.

Ottawa photos by michel LoiselleIt was the inspiration for the “Hotel du Canada” at the Canada (Epcot) pavilion in Orlando, Florida. In 2000, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada chose the building as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium.

Haunted Castle

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe Château Laurier Hotel is said to be haunted, with numerous guests reporting
to have seen the ghost of Charles Melville Hays and experiencing paranormal
activities. Stories of the haunting began when Charles Melville Hays died on his
return voyage on the RMS Titanic from Europe 12 days before the hotel’s opening. Stories suggest that Hays’ ghost rests within the hotel due to its significant importance to his life, and the fact that he never witnessed the grand opening.

Guests have also reported seeing the ghost of a small child, and have experienced the
feeling of “being watched” the moment they enter the hotel. Other guests have reported eerie sounds and unexplained shaking. In 1978, my wife and I stayed in the Château Laurier Hotel on our wedding night and it was incredible. I must admit that we didn’t feel a ghost presence at all; and we’re still together today.

Essay Images

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleThe visuals in this essay are from my collections represented here by mostphotos.com. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Extended and multi-user licensing are an option. I invite you to see the photo blog and get to know the image styles.

Ottawa photos by Michel LoiselleI hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel. Thank you and have a great day!

Photos: Michel Loiselle
Source: Wikipedia

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Tulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Senators. Listen Up! Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo

Design and Imaging

Stock photos by Michel Loiselle

UPDATE: March 2018

Creatives are searching Stock Photo Agencies for the perfect shot. Making images for the design community is challenging. You must consider copy space, landscape and portrait orientations, rule of thirds, composition, focus, etc. We’re seeing more collaboration between the photo and design communities. Read my blog post “Designers and Photographers – Working Together” to get a feel for how images are created while keeping the designer and reader in mind.

Michel Loiselle – http://loiselleblog.com

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Hey, That’s My Image!

The CERC Annual Conference. Photo by Michel Loiselle

Update – March 2018

“In fact, most clients never know that I’m the photographer for their project”.

Here is how photographers find out who is using their images. Did you know that you can search for an image by using a photo instead of a keyword?

Read my Ghost Photograher blog post to find out how.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection for yourself.

Thank you for dropping by and have a great weekend!

Michel

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Knowing our Parliamentary PrecinctTulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo –  Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo5 Reasons to Use PhotosGargoyles on Parliament Hill Christmas on Parliament Hill — Live Music is Always Best — The Confederation Building — The Supreme Court of Canada

Political Institution

No matter the political party — We all respect the institution.

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http://loiselleblog.com

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Tulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Senators. Listen Up! Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo

 

My Canadian Pride Is Showing

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Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleUpdate – March 2018

For me, it’s all about pride.

Even though I’ve worked on Parliament Hill for 25 years and have been shooting the architecture since 2006, I’m still in awe. And when I see my photos used in official Canadian documents, reports and Web sites, the pride continues.

The Parliament is recognized by people around the world and represents Freedom, National Unity and Free Speech to many. Read my blog and see how this image-maker does it.

See the Canadian Parliament photo collection and you too will soon feel the pride!

Thank you for reading and have an excellent day.

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

Tulips on Parliament Hill The West Block of Canada 7 Year Parliament Project – Politically Speaking Canada in One Photo Senators. Listen Up! Design and ImagingHaunted CastleNight ShotsHey That’s My ImageMy Canadian Pride Is ShowingCanada Day on Parliament HillImages in Color and in Stereo