Been very quiet here lately. Sorry I’ve spent most of my time taking family photos and haven’t gone out to take landscapes. I generally don’t like to post photos of people, which is something I have to get over, so I’ve not had many photos to post here. I also think I need to get over the idea that if I don’t take it with a DSLR I don’t post it here. My phones take pretty good photos these days, like this one. I didn’t want to take my non waterproof gear out in a recent blizzard but I have a waterproof Moto G3 and went out with that instead.
We were back home in Ireland last month and while you might think it’s a great opportunity to take photos I didnt actually get out much with the camera. 99% of the photos I took were casual family photos which I won’t post here. But we did visit an old graveyard where my grandparents are buried. It’s a very old graveyard and covered with a canopy of tree branches so even on the brightest of days it’s dark and quiet. This is one of the old headstones which caught my attention as the light coming through the cover hit the cross perfectly.
I had the opportunity to take part in a photo tour of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly last weekend, organized by one of the local photo clubs. It was interesting to see the building from the inside. The video streams and news coverage do not do it justice. It’s also very different from the Irish Parliament, more modern. It reminded me more of the Australian Parliament. Though it is smaller, naturally. They still have a lot of history on display and it is well worth a visit if you ever get the chance.
There are some more photos up on my Flickr stream as well: House Of Assembly.
Tomorrow July 1st is not just Canada Day, in Newfoundland and Labrador it is also Memorial Day when the province remembers the sacrifice it made during World War 1.
100 years ago at 8:45 a.m. on July 1st 1916 the 780 men and officers of The Newfoundland Regiment moved forward against German positions at Beaumont-Hamel of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 20 minutes later most of them were dead. 110 survived, 68 were present for roll call the next day. In total during the war 1600 Newfoundlanders lost their lives
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle and as part of the commemorations Opera on the Avalon is planting one metal forget-me-not in what is called The Garden Of Tears outside the Arts and Culture centre in Memorial University (itself named in memory of the battle). This is a picture of one of those flowers where a member of the public has hung a card remembering a relative of theirs who died in the battle.
I had a busy start to the month with some protests to take photos at and a couple of photoshoots with studio lights that I was trying out. I am also looking at revamping my websites. This blog will probably stay much the same but I’d like to put a proper website to show case my work in front of it. I’ve been trying out a couple of wordpress themes and layouts and I think I’ve settled on one that I like and will use so hopefully I’ll get a new site up at a related url in the next few weeks.
As a result I didnt have much time to work on a post this month but I did find one image that I thought was apt for the month of political protest that has been May. This was taken after a large protest outside Confederation Building. An old man stopped at the wall overlooking the city all on his own to rest and enjoy the sunshine for a few minutes.
Newfoundland just had it’s first of what are likely to be several austerity budgets and having gone through Irish austerity I have to say this is the austerity budget to beat all austerity budgets. I won’t go into details here because there are just so many things wrong with this budget that I could rant for pages and still not have covered everything. I’ll sum it up by saying if you ever wanted to see a budget that could make you wish for the warm loving embrace of the International Monetary Fund this is it. It’s enough to get Newfoundlanders out to protest in their hundreds and thousands, which for a place where protest attendance is usually numbered in single digits shows that the Liberal government may have overestimated how far they can push the ordinary people.