The Battle of Stoney Creek is recognized by many as one of the engagements that saved Upper Canada. And they would be right, by the end of May 1813 the British Army having been defeated at the Battle of Fort George retreated from the Niagara frontier and established a new defensive post at Burlington Heights, fortifying a small farm that commanded a view of Burlington Bay. A network of Blockhouses and earthworks to hopefully hold any further American aggression before they could reach further into Upper Canada. In the later part of the 19th-Century, Dundurn Castle would be built over the ruins of the BritishRead More →

Between the Darkness and the Light – Lister Block 2006 to 2012 Hamilton’s Lister Block has always held a rather special place in the hearts of local explorers and those who have walked her halls. Built in 1924 to replace the old Lister Chambers building which burned the same year. Joseph Lister, the owner, and namesake ordered a new building be constructed and that it be made fireproof. Taking advantage of being on a very busy corner of Hamilton’s downtown, the new Lister Block featured an L-shaped arcade on the first floor, allowing for maximum space to be used, even the store fronts on theRead More →

The term Burlington Heights is a misnomer, as the Heights are technically located in Hamilton. But during the Anglo-American War of 1812, Burlington Heights became home to an often forgotten fort. Burlington Heights started life as a simple farm owned by Richard Besley. When the Americans invaded and captured the Niagara Region in May 1813 and forced the full retreat of the British Army of the Center, they would establish an armed camp at Burlington Heights, today located at the border of Hamilton, Ontario and Burlington, Ontario. It would start as a simple structure with field fortifications to provide a rallying point for the BritishRead More →

Steel Town The Hammer Hogtown Tiger Town Whatever you call it, we’re talking about Hamilton, Ontario. Ever since I started up this project I wanted to include this city in the project but for some reason or another it just slipped through the cracks. But on a day when I actually found myself in the city, I realized that now, near the end, that time to feature Hamilton was here. I mostly stuck in the downtown area, which is only a small slice of the city, but a slice that I spent many nights, during the early days of my exploring, since you could hitRead More →

Excuse me, but have you seen Bob? This neat little worldwide photo project seemed to grab my attention so for week 45 I took my “Bob” along and photographed him in and around the area during my errands, mostly through Hamilton’s downtown. Needless to say I got a couple strange looks as I photographed this cardboard character in various spaces. Some people even wanted to know what I was doing, so I happily explained, some continued to give me the strange looks while others thought it was kinda cool. No, Bob hasn’t been around since 1958, but Burlington Camera has, and they even had theRead More →

Sorry about posting this late but I was on a week’s vacation and my server went down or I would have been posting this already. Anyways, another week another meet, this time in Hamilton Ontario with members of the Analog Photography User Group (APUG) forums. The five of us had an amazing sunny day to explore the HMCS Hiada and the rest of Hamilton’s water front. Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 Pentax 645 – SMC Pentax A 645 35mm 1:3.5 – Shanghai GP3 Nikon FM2 – Nikon Series E 28mm 1:2.8 – Kodak Ektachrome E100GX Nikon FM2 –Read More →

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 forRead More →

The theme of bridges this week was ripped directly from my friend Nick who also did a bridge week for his 365 project, you should go and check out his work also, it’s good! But anyways, bridges! The Sixteen Mile Creek bridge of the QEW in Oakville, the original span was completed in 1932, a second bridge expanding the QEW was completed recently. The underside of of the Burlington Street Bypass in Hamilton’s industrial sector. The Pidgon River Bridge in Omemee on Highway 7. The bridge supports remain the original from 1932, the decking was replaced a few years back. One of the few remainingRead More →

No, these aren’t photos from an electric six concert. But rather one of my favourite places to go visit, the former Firestone plant on Hamilton’s industrial sector. This ancient structure, tucked neatly away behind a very active recycling complex (which was also at one time a part of the factory as a whole) was first built in 1921, and expanded over the years. It shuttered it’s doors in 2001, from active use (Firestone had already left it in 1987). It made the perfect place to give my Nikon F4 a work out, pairing this pro camera from the late 1980s (It was released the yearRead More →