Sunday, June 22, 2008
I landed at this photo, and immediately I recognized the building behind it as none other than the one where the re-Cycles Bicycle Co-op moved into just a couple short months ago.
The same night, I went and took a photo, but it was too dark to illustrate the comparison properly. This afternoon I wandered over and took another photo (tip: if you want to take the same photo, go a couple steps South of the wooden street post nearest Gladstone on the South-West side of Bronson).
I've cropped my photo to have almost the same dimensions as the 1950's one, and the resemblance is uncanny. You may want to open each photo in a separate tab and ctrl+tab between the two tabs quickly for comparison. Can you notice all the differences?
Some of the major differences I notice (aside from the lack of stylish vehicles) are: more trees, fewer signs, fewer posts and wires, the apartment building in the background, the entirely different façade, and the sign over the alleyway.
(This post has been retroactively added to the Centretown Heritage Project series)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I was out at nighttime on June 16, and there was a beautiful blue sky. Of the three shots I took, this one was clearest, though it didn't quite capture the blueness of the sky as well as I would have liked.
I have a couple of other photos I took on June 8 on McLeod. Here are a couple shots of the tower under construction at the Museum of Nature:
I literally have dozens of subjects that I would like to post photos for, I just need to find some time. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to queue some posts up so that a new post will go up every other day this week.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
A bunch of folks (firefighters included) were standing back, looking at a downed power line.
They're not sure if it was the wind, lightning, or both. Either way, I wasn't willing to hang around for too long. The garbage from Hartman's reeked, even from half a block away. Pity the poor neighbours who, on top of having a streetpost leaning against their house, have to endure trash smell all through the Summer.
[See more extensive/recent bio in the "About" page]
Welcome to Images of Centretown.
My name is Charles Akben-Marchand. I live here in Centretown and love it.
I always carry a camera around with me, and I like to take a photo of anything that catches my eye. At best, it might tell a story. At least, it's an interesting image of something that has happened. In all cases, it's a record for the future.
In this blog I try to capture these various fleeting things about Centretown, and elsewhere in Somerset Ward, that many people might miss because they simply weren't there at the time. I'm also working on the Centretown Heritage Project to add a historical context to what Centretown has become.
I was, until recently, President of the Centretown Citizens Community Association. I remain a member of the Board of the CCCA and the Dalhousie Community Association, and volunteer in many other groups also (I used to be President of Citizens for Safe Cycling). I currently work in the office of Councillor Diane Holmes, though my blog long predates this. I mention this purely for disclosure; this blog is about Centretown, not about me. Opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily reflect any of my employers or groups with which I volunteer.
Look for new posts at noon on most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and occasionally at other times. You can also follow me on Twitter, @Centretowner
I hope you enjoy it!