It's one of my favourite spots in the city. I've photographed it more than any other spot in Ottawa, with the exception, perhaps, of Parliament Hill (which you can see from this location).
Although, there was that photo project where I shot from the same spot on Bate Island some 296 photos of downtown Ottawa, in which Parliament Hill was also captured. And, if you look really hard, you can see this spot, too.
It's the National Gallery of Canada, and, in particular, that alluring sculpture known as Maman.
On Saturday, July 11, I am hosting a late-night photo walk through the Byward Market, and the National Gallery is along the route. I find that night lighting of Maman can be particularly eerie, and I don't get out the the gallery in the evening as much as I would like to.
If you're interested in joining me and other photographers for a late-night walk this weekend, feel free to sign up at my Eventbrite site. We will start at the water fountain on York Street, at Sussex Drive, at 10:00 pm. The focus is to capture night life in the Byward Market, and we will be wandering that neighbourhood until about 2:00 am, when the Market can either get lively or can quieten right down. There will be about a half-dozen of us—hopefully, more—so there is safety in numbers.
I've never worried about the Byward Market: most of the main streets, anyway.
We will climb to the top of a couple of the parking garages, explore some of the courtyards, and take some candid shots of the street life.
Without a doubt, we will visit the National Gallery and Maman.
And, with any luck, we can make her look spooky.
Until then, enjoy this photo, that I shot in the middle of a sunny afternoon.