July 07, 1997

Fort Ogilvie (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

4"x5" film
In some ways I am frustrated with my fort images - there is so much to work with, and so many different aspects to approach the ruins from that it is almost inconceivable that I will ever complete working with them. This is I suppose a positive element, but realizing that a project can never be truly wrapped up changes one's approach to it. 
4"x5" film
The image above is titled "Homage to H.R.Geiger", and though there are no biological elements to the image the moment I saw it through the camera, I knew what the title would be. The source of the image is a WWI gun, still in its emplacement. Prior to this year I pointedly avoided including the few remaining guns in my images, the obvious reminder of the purpose of the forts clashed with my understanding of the sites as they are now.
4"x5" film
The remainder of the afternoon was spent working my way about 300 feet from where I started - a very contemplative, introspective day of photographing. In some ways this was one of the best sessions I've ever done in a fort, having both the time and frame of mind necessary to reveal what I sought. The clarity of the H.R.Geiger image was in my mind the rest of the day, and I couldn't have been more pleased with its translation onto film.

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