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Street beat and street art

Okay, I did it. I met with the investigating officers from the Professional Standards section of the Ottawa Police regarding their investigation into the events that led to my Bank Street Bully post. They interviewed me quite thoroughly this afternoon in my living room. (I requested that we meet here because of the bus strike). I gave them uncropped full-rez copies of the photographs I took that afternoon. The investigation could take up to six months, and they’ll let me know how it turns out. I would encourage other witnesses to come forward, especially if they witnessed what transpired while the woman was still conscious.

Street Art: Christmas 2008Meanwhile, back on the artistic streets of Ottawa, look what popped up at Bank and Slater. It’s a 3D street art installation. It’s got Harper as Santa, Layton as the Conspirator, Mayor Larry as Cap’n Zero, Insite (Vancouver’s safe injection site) as the Scapegoat, Parliament Hill with a big closed sign on it, André Cornellier (the bus drivers’ union prez), and more. (When you think of all those things together, you realize Ottawa’s quite a mess these days, eh?)

Speaking of a mess, my photographs of this piece were horrendous. Shooting through scuffed plexiglass in bright sunshine must require some special technique. Anyway, this one’s the best of a bad lot, but it gives you all the more reason to go see it for yourself. It’s on the south side of Slater, just east of Bank Street.

In other news: I’m on holidays!

In other news: I bought the Mac! (This post, however, is coming to you from the PC.)


13 comments to Street beat and street art

  • Which Mac did you decide on?

    I will have to have a peek at this art installation, in the midst of my increasingly last minute Christmas shopping.

  • I went with the 24″ iMac.

  • Payton

    I bought a Mac just over a year ago, and I have never for a minute regretted the extra cash I spent to get it. They’re wonderful machines.

  • Gillian

    If you have any Mac questions, I might have an answer, or not. Anyway, glad you’ve got it. Hope you’ll attend the MUGOO meeting. We start again in January, 3rd Monday. Here’s the link. and the agenda will be posted in the week before the meeting. If you need a lift, I may be able to help with that too.

  • Gillian

    Oops, it’s the 4th Monday.

  • The 24″ iMac is definitely worth it, for the screen.

    The screens on the 20″ versions don’t begin to compare.

  • Arden

    Congrats on braving it, Zoom! :)

    I’m one of the minority who voted PC, not because I really like the bugginess of windows, but for my personal purposes it suits me better. I can’t afford a mac, let alone a mac that could come anywhere near to matching the stats I have for my pc. I don’t like that you can’t build your own macs, so that drives up the price tremendously (ditto with all laptops actually, which is the sole reason I am still with the good old box sitting by my side.

  • Congrats on reporting the incident, and thanks for the tip about the art installation! I’ll check it out ASAP!

    – RG>

  • Mo

    I’m glad the woman will be ok and I hope everything works out with the investigation. It’s not easy standing up to a situation AND following through with the responsibility it entails. Good for you Zoom!

    Congrats on picking the 24 mac. It’s always a great feeling when you have a new toy (er…computer) to play with. Also, I hope you and GC enjoy your holidays with Duncan, GC’s dog, both families and your friends.

    Love (always) the Swap box photos. I wish I was closer so I could see them in person. Don’t forget to post a holiday photo of Duncan when you return. Duncan withdrawal is not an easy thing to experience.

    Have a great Holiday season!

  • Ri

    I Hope you have a great Christmas & Holiday

  • Carmen

    Zoom, again, congratulations for your spunk. May we all live by our principles the way you do. It’s extremely important.

  • Bethany

    I just thought I’d mention that a polarizing filter helps a lot for removing glare on reflective surfaces. They’re fairly inexpensive at camera shops, assuming you use the kind of camera with a body and separate lenses. If I recall correctly, though, you use a point-and-shoot, in which case you can do what I do and just get a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses and take the picture through the glasses (hold them in front of your camera lens).

  • Brilliant idea, thanks Bethany.