The Anglo-American War of 1812 had decimated the defences of Upper Canada, by war’s end all the major fort’s constructed in the pre-war era had faced destruction throughout the war. Fort York and Fort George in York (Toronto) and Newark (Niagara-On-The-Lake) respectively had been destroyed in 1813, Fort Erie and Fort St. Joseph in 1814. The British knocked down Fort Amherstburg in their retreat in 1813. The only major fort to survive the war was Fort Henry in Kingston only because it defended the Royal Navy dockyard. And while the British had captured two major American forts during the war, Fort Niagara and Fort Mackinac.Read More →

Canada has throughout our collective history has been ruled through an officer known as a Governor-General or Lieutenant-Governor. These men (and women) operate as a representative of the crown. Today the office is more of a symbolic role, serving as a figurehead and patron of the arts, Colonel-In-Chief of several Regiments within the Canadian Armed Forces and Reserves. But the office has a far-reaching history back to when they ruled directly or through a Provincial Parliament. The governors that ruled in Pre-Confederation Canada were among those who often ruled directly as autocrats, with an iron fist or a velvet glove. The first of these Lieutenant-GovernorsRead More →

All stories have to start somewhere and to understand everything that happened after the Anglo-American War of 1812 one must learn about how the seeds of the struggles that are to come were first sewn. Pre-Confederation History is a bit of a mess, but there is a single touchstone date where everything stems from, and that is 1791. By 1791, the American Revolution was nearly a decade over, and many who still lived in the former colonies swore loyalty to the British Crown. Many did not wish to remain under a republic, and many Americans did not want these Tories in their country. And inRead More →

Out of all the projects I have done in the past, this is the only one I can say has been a long time coming. But when I look back at how long it took me to prepare this project from conception to final project, it has not been that long. I mean I spent five years working on my War of 1812 project, but that was a logistical mess from the start. Acts of Confederation has been a slow burn, I started working on the framework in 2017, completed most of the writing in 2018 while collecting all but a single final roll ofRead More →

Well, I’m pleased to say this will be my third and final update on my Acts of Confederation project. While I haven’t even started posting the photos, I’m confident to say that the images will be starting to hit Flickr in the middle of February. The final roll of film is due to be shot on the 9th of February. Uploading everything will take place in small logical groups, connected by a common theme. Because unlike the War of 1812, so much happened around the province of Ontario and Quebec that were all linked. So I made a point to gather images together in logicalRead More →

Well, I’ve made it through another year, filled with a lot of technical content in the blog. One goal I have for the new year is to balance the technical content with the historical and general photographic content. So what do I have planned for the new year? Well dear followers and reader, please continue! You will also not a subtle change in some of the blog entries. Now when Classic Camera Revival is mentioned it will be only concerning the Podcast, the Camera and Film Review blogs will no longer include the CCR name, starting with Film Review Blog No. 28 and Camera ReviewRead More →

It’s been some months since I last put up an update for my ongoing history project so I figured I should keep you appraised at how things are going. All I can say is that things are moving along rather well! I’ve been plugging away on the photos, my wife has even come along on a few trips and I’ve made a huge dent in the photography and writing. Both the actual book and the blog posts. Having written the narrative first has made doing the photography so much easier because now I can always go back and review the images and make sure IRead More →

So we’re now three months into the new year and you may be wondering when the content from Project:1867 is going to start appearing here on the blog. So I’m here to give you an update on how this project is going to work, where it’s at currently, and the way content is going to hit the Internet. The short answer regarding online content is you’re going to have to wait. I mean, by this point I have not shot a single frame for the project, and you know what that’s okay. Unlike the War of 1812 project the primary vehicle was the Internet andRead More →

Here we are again at the end of another year and what a year it was for me, personally! First and foremost I got married so my photography itself has changed along with my life. But don’t worry I’ll still be carting around a camera and writing about it and I have some great projects lined up for 2018! Project:1867 – Acts of Confederation A sequel if you will to my major undertaking of the Anglo-American War of 1812 which took place between 2012 and 2016. Project:1867 covers the turbulent time of Canada between the end of the war in 1815 and the Confederation ofRead More →