June 22, 1997

Fort George (The Citadel) (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

4"x5" film
The heart of Fortress Halifax is the Citadel, which looms over the city on an ancient drumlin. It is the most heavily restored of all the sites around Halifax, and as such, hasn't held as much interest for me visually. Given the degree of my documentation of the other forts, however, I decided it made sense to begin visually recording the Citadel, so I could incorporate it into my larger group of images of Fortress Halifax.
4"x5" film
One of the advantages of the Citadel, from a documentary perspective, is that it still contains much of the original installed hardware - guns, windows, fixtures. These artifacts are stripped from the ruined sites, leaving it to the imagination of the viewer. At the Citadel, everything is restored to the late 1860's, at the height of Fortress Halifax's strength.
4"x5" film
This session was a mixed blessing. I truly made some successful images - well seen as Weston might say, but there is still some element of the photos being forced - little passion bleeds through them. I will return to the Citadel again, and build upon the foundation made this day. 
 4"x5" film

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