The Parliament East Block

Uptade: March 2017

A beautiful work of art

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

When we think of Parliament in Ottawa, the Peace Tower comes to mind. It certainly is one of the most original buildings in our capital city. The Parliamentary Precinct features many buildings. We’ll take a look at the East Block from the Canadian Parliament collection of over 250 images.

Still following the gothic revival style, the East Block has a feel all its own. It is featured above, Fall East Block seen from Major’s Hill park surrounded by autumn. Notice that part of the copper roof is still new and brown. Within 20 years or so, it will acquire the green hue that comes from chemical oxidation as seen on other parts of the roof.

Angry Politics

The Canadian Parliament East Block seen with an angry cloudy sky in Ottawa.

This image, I call “Angry Politics”. Notice the tower contains circular windows, and if you look hard enough, you can almost make out a face in the architecture. Check it out, 2 eyes and a mouth.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Construction on the East Block commenced by the end of 1859, at the same time as work on the Centre Block and West Block began. By the time it was completed in 1866, the building was four years behind schedule and costs had risen to $706,549, when $150,000 had originally been allocated. As the home of the office of the governor general and the offices for all the Cabinet ministers, the East Block was immediately occupied by the Viscount Monck and his prime minister, John A. Macdonald, who occupied the room at the south west corner of the second floor; the same room was also used by Lester B. Pearson when he was Secretary for External Affairs.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Here, we see the image, East Block Canada in its glory with lights and the Centennial Flame. Located on the east side of Centre Block, it houses many parliamentarians including Senators of Canada. Behind, we see the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel just a walk away.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

This is an original view of the East Block tower with its waving flag. It is seen from the Unicorn Gargoyle’s point of view at the entrance of Centre Block. The far building at right is the Langevin Block which is the office of the Prime Minister of Canada.

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Seen here on the East Block lawn, a statue of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first francophone Canadian Prime Minister (1896-1911). Joseph-Émile Brunet, a young artist from Montréal, created the bronze sculpture. He would later become one of Quebec’s foremost figure sculptors.

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Both East Block images above, show the same scene in different seasons. This can be helpful when writing season-specific articles.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

I Hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the East Block. Have a look at the Canadian Parliament collection of 250+ photos. It contains all the major buildings of the Parliamentary Precinct. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. See the complete Portfolio at mostphotos.com.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Thank you and have an excellent evening!

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Gargoyles on Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill Carvings

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Update -March 2018

The Lion and Unicorn gargoyles at the entrance of Parliamentare symbols of the United Kingdom. They are part of the Coat of Arms of Canada since 1921. The Lion stands for England while the Unicorn stands for Scotland. The traditional legend of enmity between the two heraldic animals is recorded in a nursery rhyme.

The lion and the unicorn

Were fighting for the crown

The lion beat the unicorn

All around the town.

Some gave them white bread,

And some gave them brown;

Some gave them plum cake

and drummed them out of town.

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The Peace Tower

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle Four of the many grotesques that can be found in the gothic architecture of the Peace Tower are made from Wallace sandstone from Nova Scotia, Canada. They are each approximately 42″ by 22″ wide. They remind me of certain scenes in the Batman movies. Here is a closer view of one of them. Also, note the tourists looking back at us from inside the observation deck. Interesting!

Gargoyle photos by Michel Loiselle

Strange Characters

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle These grotesques are seen half-way up the clock tower. One is hooved and playing the lute, the other must be the town crier. It gives the feeling of a mysterious gothic presence on Parliament Hill.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle More grotesques, on the right, kneeling and holding a bow, while his pig-like friend is playing the accordion.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Note in the centre of the tower, a soldier holding a rifle. Just beautiful work.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle You can also see more sculptures just above eye level, along the main Parliament entrance. Have a look at these pretty faces. We see fictitious people, lions, dragons and owls.

This interesting character belongs to the Justice building. He’s holding a lantern and a key; perhaps to a secret room!

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Here, we see the Unicorn gargoyle profile looking to the East and Langevin blocks. When all is counted, approximately 370 gargoyles, grotesques, carvings, friezes and bosses can be found on the Peace Tower.

I Hope you’ve enjoyed a quick look at some of the gargoyles and grotesques. There are many more carvings and sculptures to see all around the Hill and a visit is a must.

Meanwhile, see the Canadian Parliament collection of more than 200 photos of our beautiful gothic architecture. Images start at $12 and are available for immediate download. Also, have a look at the complete Galleries with categories such as people, animals, colors, seasons, Christmas and Ottawa.

Thank you and have an excellent day!

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OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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Winter Parliament

Update: March 2017

Parliament During White Season

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThere’s something to be said about this beautiful Parliament Hill of ours during the winter season. Stripped of all vibrant colors, the structure itself seems to reach out to us. This image, Evergreen Parliament framed inside the evergreens is somehow enchanting and quiet. Perhaps winter has something to do with that.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

This Path to Politics image is also set in winter but because it is an evening photo the lighting says a lot more. The yellow windows inside Parliament seem to say it’s nice and cozy here.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel LoiselleThe panoramic feel of this photo, Political Landscape, really says winter in Ottawa, Canada.

Christmas photos by Michel Loiselle

Featuring the Rideau Canal, Parliament is set in downtown Ottawa surrounded by exciting night life and eclectic restaurants.

Christmas photos by Michel Loiselle

The Parliament Centre block at Christmas during the magic hour.

See more winter Parliament photos of the East Block below.

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Conceptual Imaging

Concepting with stock photography — by Michel Loiselle

Update: March 2017

Stock photography by Michel Loiselle

The conceptual image is one that lets you interpret the scene in many ways. Someone thinks one thing while someone else’s idea is the opposite. See the process with this photo. Here we have colorful tents lined-up (to accommodate different schools visiting a water park). Someone else says it reminds them of crayon tips in the sky. Another thinks of the circus, etc. It could mean the 5 elements of your company Vision Statement. The many interpretations make it a strong candidate for conceptual imaging.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

When graphic designers need inspiration, they turn to conceptual imaging to communicate complex ideas. The Lakeside Chairs image fills that need. You may want to portray teamwork or total zen, no matter, it will communicate strongly. The key is to keep the image generic and let the viewer fill in the blanks.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

Of course this is a whole new look at duets. The mom and daughter team could be used for parties, events, office gags, etc. A conceptual photo can generate so many different feelings and ideas.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

This image, Barbed Wire Life – from the Colors collection does the same thing. An ideal candidate for editorial tie-ins like for a prison life feature article. That’s why creatives and business professionals come back to conceptual imagery for their special projects.


These golf balls are a perfect example of a conceptual image. Although it only shows coloured balls, the different one invites all kinds of concepts. You’re probably thinking of one now. Here is a caption that could work: “There’s One In Every Family”. Other scenarios could be “Standing Out In A Crowd”, “Be original”, “Star Employees Always Stand Out!”. Finding conceptual photos gets easier with practice.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

This image is powerful on its own, but when we add the cancer logo to this Boxing Gloves image, it makes it stronger. No words needed here! We don’t have to be complicated. Some photos are so visual and poweful, your mind takes milliseconds to decipher the message.

A monochrome shot of hanging boxing gloves.

 

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No matter how you look at this “flags” lineup, it’s a striking example of a conceptual image that demands attention. Here are possible scenarios that the concept can communicate.

“All Eyes On Canada” – “Canada & Friends” – “Canada Is Hosting The World” etc.

So, conceptual images need to be simple and powerful. You’ll know one when you see it. The ideal place to study photos for potential candidates, is a stock photo agency. There, you can take your time and find the right photo. You can also type “concept” in your search to get those images that have been tagged conceptual.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle

Practice looking beyond the image for tie-ins to your projects

Look at images and concept them for yourself, it’s fun and gets easier with practice.

Conceptual photos by Michel Loiselle This image I call Freedom as that was my intent when shooting it and I also know that my cousin Gary can’t go swimming until the leg is off! For him, it’s the freedom to swim.

Thank you and have an excellent evening

Michel

OTHER POSTS BY MICHEL LOISELLE

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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

Four Seasons on Parliament Hill

Finding season-specific Parliament Photos

Update – March 2017

Why are photos of Parliament mostly summer shots? What about the other seasons?

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Winter Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament stock photo collection by Michel Loiselle includes images of all seasons to help Designers better communicate season-specific projects. This winter image, Path to Politics is also an evening shot making it that much more enjoyable.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle
Autumn Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

Consider this image, October Politics and how it gives a new feeling to the subject. It’s alive with color and truly inviting. Graphic Designers can get at least one photo of each season to help with specific campaigns.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Spring Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

This Spring Parliament photo certainly says spring with pride and energy. See how CERC has used the image for an online magazine article.

Ensuring that all seasons are included in the Canadian Parliament portfolio makes the collection more valuable to clients.

The fact that this image is on an angle also helps attract attention to your story and get your message across more readily.

Keeping the Designer in mind when creating images is important. Clients want choice.

The Political Glow image below certainly says summer with attitude! It’s a great image to have when you really need to say CANADA in your message.

Canadian Parliament photos by Michel Loiselle

Summer Evening Parliament photo by Michel Loiselle

The Canadian Parliament collection is an important national resource for the creative community in Canada.

See the Portfolio on mostphotos.com.

Thanks for reading and have an excellent day!

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