Ever interested in joining the army? How about the British Army…circa 1812. Completed in 1802 when the British were forced to abandoned Fort Niagara across the river in accordance to the Jay Treaty of 1796, it became part of the defense of Upper Canada in the 19th Century. In 1813 the fort was captured by American forces who used it as a base to invade the rest of upper Canada, they were repulsed at Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams, the British were able to recapture the lost fort in December of 1813. During the First and Second World Wars the Fort was used as a training camp for the Canadian Army under the name Fort Niagara. During the unification of the forces in 1965 the fort was abandoned. Today the fort stands as it was in 1812 as a National Historic Site in Canada. The employees who occupy the fort are dressed as the 41st Regiment of Foot.
The Union Flag flies proud over the block houses.
Fort George has three blockhouses, these would provide both fortification and bunks space for the soldiers.
A small field artillery piece, these would be used against enemy troops.
The powder magazine is the only remaining original building from the fort.
The flag bastion and battery.
The large battery mounted canon were used to defend the fort against American ships crossing the Niagara River.
The MetalTech Foundry in Woodstock has always been one of my favourite abandoned Industrial locations. First built in 1913, it changed hands several times over it’s life before finally closing in 2005. And it is the subject for Week 14. See I said abandoned stuff would come back.
As many who follow this know my actually day job is IT Support for Sheridan College in Oakville. Back on April 1st the Helpdesk celebrated it’s 20th anniversary, first opening its lines in 1991. So in true IT fashion we had cake, and me being a camera nerd celebrated by capturing it in a true 90s fashion…with a Polaroid Spectra loaded with Image Softtone film.
I tried to go ghost town hunting for week 13 mostly in the Mississauga area as I had time to kill and fresh from the PHSC show. I used Ron Brown’s books as a guide, the one place I did find wasn’t exactly a place where I could use up a roll of 36. Going back to the book I realized that I was close to the famous Cheltenham Brickworks. These massive ruins sit behind barbed wire topped fences (which I quickly realized were breached in several spots affording me better angles.
In 1820 British Millwright Charles Haines, from Cheltenham, England emigrated to Canada, and by 1848 he had established a settlement in the area with the name Cheltenham, one of the many Grist Mill settlements in the area. Brick making increased in the area by 1914 when the Interprovincial Brick Company acquired a site between Cheltenham and Terra Cotta that is rich with Medina Clay. In 1953 the site was acquired by Domtar, which seeing that all other industries in the area had disappeared they promptly shut down the brickworks and demolished many of the buildings. Only the old Kilns remain, and some scattered ruins. In 1993 however another company started working once again on the site, but have left the buildings intact.
It was funny how many other people I saw happily photographing the site through the fences, where as I merrily duck in and out of the fence line, and let them know that they’ll get better angles from inside the line.
Week 12 is the second week of trying out the new Portra 400, which also coincided with a photo-shoot I did for Sheridan Make Up Artist, Bethany Gilbert. The medium format version of Portra 400 is just as good, if not better than the 35mm version, same bright colours and finer grain than I’d expect from a 400 speed film, but then again Portra has always touted it’s fine grain, and it just got better.
The model was done up in a Cirque Du Solie inspired SFX makeup, and we used Gage Park in Hamilton, both outside and in the greenhouses as the backdrop for the shoot. We attracted a lot of attention.
Pentax 645/SMC Pentax A 645 75mm 1:2.8/Kodak Portra 400
So I’m weird (if you haven’t already guessed) and one of my more interesting goals is to drive in their entirty as many King’s Highways as I can. I have already done Hwy 7. But Hwy 6 I have been meaning to do for a while having done a vast majority of the Highway, but it was the section between Hamilton and Port Dover. So here it is, the town at the end of The King’s Highway Six, Port Dover.