Author Archives: Jeffrey Meyer

Franklin | Automobile

Franklin

Two words: Classic and awesome – now let’s drive! ūüôā

2010 Olympic Cauldron | Vancouver, BC

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Cauldron

Wihtout the flame all I could think about was superman’s Fortress of Solitude – I very much like the look!

Beauport | Ville de Québec

Beauport, Québec

VIMY | Communications and Electronics Branch Vimy Battlefield Study Tour

Earlier this evening I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing an event hosted by Scotia Wealth Management at the Canadian War Museum.   In commemoration of the sacrifices Canadian men and women made one hundred years ago at Vimy Ridge in France, I was deeply moved by a short presentation delivered by a young Canadian soldier (28-years old) with the Communications and Electronics Branch Vimy Battlefield Study Tour (April 2017).    In addition to learning about his study tour on memorials and key battles involving Canadians, I thought deeply about the sheer hell my fellow countrymen experienced as they fell hard and bled out on foreign soil, so that myself and all others after them could live in more peaceful times.    As I photographed the moment and the many people in attendance I again felt proud to be Canadian, and took comfort in feeling that I too, despite not being a soldier, would do the same to protect the people I love and answer the call of duty to vanquish tyranny in the best way I could for Canada and like minded nations.

 

If you’ve yet to see the Vimy exhibition at the Canadian War Museum, then I’d highly recommend you drop by and give it a look. ¬† As you enter the exhibition you’ll be enlightened by Captain William Longstaff’s painting called the “Ghosts of Vimy Ridge” (Pictured below) – one of the best points of imagery I’ve seen in a long time.¬† Next to the painting, and on the wall, you’ll see these inviting words to reflect and discover more…

After the Battle, Memory Remains. ¬† One hundred years ago, Canadians fought a bloody battle at a place called Vimy Ridge in France. No one is alive today with direct memory of the battle or even of the war in which it was fought.¬† But Canadians continue to remember and commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge.¬† We erect memorials, we tell and retell stories, we treasure keepsakes, and we participate in public and private rituals.” ¬†¬† The exhibition at the Canadian War Museum “sheds light on how and why we commemorate war by exploring private and collective memories of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War, and more recent conflicts.”

Apr√®s la bataille, il en reste le souvenir. ¬† Il y a cent ans, les Canadiens ont livr√© une bataille sanglante √† un endroit appel√© la cr√™te de Vimy en France.¬† Les t√©moins directs de cette bataille ou m√™me de la guerre dans laquelle elle s’inscrivait ont tous disparu. ¬† Mais les Canadiens et Canadiennes continuent de se souvenir et de comm√©morer la bataille de la cr√™te de Vimy.¬† Nous √©rigeons des monuments, nous en racontons et en r√©p√©tons les r√©cits, nous en gardons pr√©cieusement les articles souvenirs et nous prenons part √† des rituels publics et priv√©s. ¬† Cette exposition met en lumi√®re les raisons pour lesquelles nous comm√©morons la guerre, et les fa√ßons dont nous le faisons, par l’exploration de souvenirs personnels et collectifs de la bataille de la cr√™te de Vimy, de la Premi√®re Guerre mondiale et de conflits plus r√©cents.”

Painting by Captain William Longstaff, “Ghosts of Vimy Ridge” — Canadian War Museum

 

Domaine de Maizerets | Ville de Québec

Domaine de Maizerets, Québec

Un bel immeuble entour√© de grands arbres, o√Ļ h√©berge beaucoup d’histoire et de culture.

Kwakwaka’wakw Totem Pole | Canada 150+

A Haida Totem Pole (left) and Kwakwaka’wakw Totem Pole (right) at Thunderbird Park in Victoria, Canada

Towering just above the tree line, and reaching into the clouds, are two beautiful totem poles honouring the Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations cultures in Victoria, British Columbia. ¬† The Haida Pole (left) was carved in 1984 by Gerry Marks, Richard Hunt and Tim Paul. ¬† The Kwakwaka’wakw Pole (right) was carved in 1981 by Tony Hunt.

 

Kwakwaka’wakw Totem Pole | Canada 150+

Kwakwaka’wakw Honouring Totem Pole, 1999

The Kwakwaka’wakw Totem Pole at Thunderbird Park in Victoria, Canada, was carved by Sean Whonnock and Johnathan Henderson.¬† This honouring pole is dedicated to the Coast Salish people on whose ancestral lands Thunderbrid Park is located.

 

The Great Canadian Rocky Mountains | Canada 150+

Rocky Mountains, British Columbia

The Great Canadian Rocky Mountains | Canada 150+

Rocky Mountains, British Columbia

British Columbia’s Legislature | Canada 150

A spectacular display of lights on British Columbia’s Provincial Legislature.

This long exposure image was taken with my new Canon TS-E 17mm tilt-shift lens, and Formatt-Hitech Long Exposure Filters, on a calm night in Victoria, BC. One of my Canada 150 dreams would be to photograph all 13 provincial and territorial legislatures in Canada – both inside and out, during the day and at night.