This is a statue of James McGill the founder of the McGill university in Montreal. Born on Stockwell Street in Glasgow, Scotland and educated at Glasgow University, he became one of the Montreal merchants involved in the fur trade south of the Great Lakes from 1770.
McGill University is a public research university. James McGill's bequest formed the beginning of the university. Founded in 1821, McGill is one of the oldest universities in Canada.
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dta (62996) 2010-01-18 7:51
Hello Wanda ,
With the bad weather and the falling snow , the effect is superb (and quite funny) . Excellent , and well framed .
afroditi (729) 2010-01-18 8:05
Beautiful composition of picture and black and white good choice!Nice frame and good point of reception!
Hansaphotos (6415) 2010-01-18 8:57
Wow! The weather conditions almost makes the statue come alive. You have found exactly the rihgt moment to capture this statue and its beautiful surroundings - good timing. Great winter mood. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.
Best regards, Erling
Sistercosmo (242) 2010-01-18 14:28
another snow photo! I can really identify with this one - I often have a similar pose here in Bavaria! :)
Love those huge flakes and the way the snow is sticking to the hat and coat - he looks so real.... Nice!
Hope all is well! Take good care,
divail (8288) 2010-01-18 16:48
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Si ce n'était des vêtements, on le croirait vivant; on se demande où il va comme ça. Bien vu.
Gerrit (44181) 2010-01-18 18:55
Dit standbeeld lijkt gemaakt voor sneeuw en storm.
Goed in het kader geplaatst,
InasiaJones (31420) 2010-01-18 20:20
Surely one of the great day we had with all that snow falling on our head. I really enjoyed that moment, watching you shooting around like if you were on a mission... :-P)
Just love the monochrome effect, where trees, buildings and statue seem to be made out of the same material.
Although there is a lot of white space, your frame is completely filled with elements. You've caught Mr. McGill in a perfect situation to make him appear alive and kicking. Even the snow falls against him and reinforce the effect of wind picking up on his coat tail. I also like how you've framed it and how he fits into your composition.
I guess Montreal's sky have dropped every possible snowflakes while you were here, because it's dry since more than two weeks now. But please, don't show up this photo to your parents, they will think you are nut, coming to live in Canada... :-P)
I have the feeling that you will go to this university once here, to take some continuing education classes. I will join you as well, as there is always interesting classes to follow, as I have been following Japanese language lessons and marketing management as well in the past.
Please have a look at this while you are at work, for a faster connection. You'll be highly motivated:
They say McGill is the Canadian Harvard and it's true.
wolf38 (30320) 2010-01-18 23:13
Hi Wanda. For your photo reminds me of the American saying: "It is very hard." But fun aside. Your actual photo pleases me very well. It shows a beautiful aspect of the winter. Perfectly realized. Regards, Wolfgang.
Cretense (68685) 2010-01-19 5:28
Great capture of this statue, this could be used in the advertisment of a famous whisky! Simple but great composition, great light management, perfect use of b&w!
Budapestman (82620) 2010-01-19 7:57
a superb shot of this statue with attractive composition, the posture of the sculpture and the weather are in superb harmony, the snowy environment is beautiful, Tfs! Have a nice day!
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-19 10:01
Brrrr it does look genuinely cold here, could you get used to this weather easily ? I like the fact they designed the statue guy fighting against the elements, which gets conformed by the snowflakes hurting him. Since I'm viewing 2 snow photos nearly side by side (with Dominique's aka cbrman being the other one) it could be that your snow is a bit too yellow
Have a nice day jY
ciakgiak (30405) 2010-01-20 14:36
this is a very interesting statue, very well captured in a splendid winter scene. The composition and the quality are perfect. Congratulations.
Dashab (2564) 2010-01-22 5:45
This is an excellent capture, it looks like the statue was designed for this amount of snow, the effect is great!
Good composition and use of a vertical frame and good idea to convert to b&w (actually, for a moment I thought that it was a picture in colour and things just looked this monochrome, as they sometimes can in winter)!
Compliments and greetings from Prague,
baba_flies (8829) 2010-01-24 4:55
And I knew I forgot THIS one, again reminding me of my school friend of course. Before she was teaching at McGill she studied at McGill. They had this lovely small flat just around the corner of the University and I slept on their sofa. While they were at school I was baking cheese cake or other stuff to spoil them and when they returned we went to the movies and they showed me all the "in places". They again live near the Campus and she just wrote me if I would remember this area and how fortunate they were to have a house in this neighbourhood. This is such a great shot and I can see some snow flakes dancing around. A winter in Canada ... Barbara.
PS. No more points left ... probably time to enjoy some winter sun.
Manamo (3654) 2010-02-08 19:51
so, how is it going??:)
so you ha a good taste of snow when you came?? How did you find it? Too bad we're having such a mild winter!! Anyway, I'm sure you will have more occasions to get a real taste of it soon!:)
I like the monochrome in this photo. I find that it makes it look colder...more raw!
I also find that there is a lot of white space all around but I guess it would have been hard to fill the frame with anything else here...
Have a good day!
- Copyright: Wanda van den Hogen (Wanda1) (14942)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-01-02
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 USM, RAW
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Black & White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 7:45