The human traffic outside the downtown courthouse is quite interesting. There are, of course, the people who are waiting to submit to the wheels of justice. There are, too, the dress for success administrators who "strut and fret their hour upon the stage", wallowing in self-importance as they emphasize their privileged status relative to those who will be consumed by the machine. And then, of course, there are the lawyers who seem to have their own pecking order. Some enter by the main door, rubbing shoulders with the machine's raw material, and then there are another class who for reasons not clear to me, have the privilege of entering and exiting by a more discreet side door. At the end of the day, however, regardless of real of perceived status, they are all cogs in the wheel.
Their day in court
I spent some time recently observing the coming and going outside the downtown courthouse. Before the doors opened, people began to congregate on the steps either singly of in small groups. When the doors opened, they turned as if choreographed and made for the entrance as one person, except for the young person lower left who simple watched before, later, bumming a cigarette from a latecomer and eventually entering. It is a scene repeated daily as people have their day in court.
The former Stelco, now (October, 2015)part of U.S. Steel is embroiled in a very nasty dispute which could potentially severely affect the pensions and health benefits of former workers.
I was down at the port a few mornings ago and looked at the clouds gathering over the steel mill. They seemed to be a metaphor for the situation.
"Dark Satanic Mills"
Looking over at the former Stelco steel site, now part of U.S. Steel, I could not help but bring to mind the words of William Blake's "Jerusalem", an oral rendition of which we used to sing at my school in London, England in the days before the legions of the perpetually offended deemed that school assemblies and prayers were somehow undemocratic.
Bayfront Park in the early morning is always a delight. I especially like the pier where the dragon boats rest. I shot this with the Rolleiflex TLR using TRI-X 400. I really like the extra detail available on a medium format camera.
Hamilton's history cannot be separated from the manufacture of steel. Currently (October 2015), U.S. Steel which took over from the former Stelco has gained court permission to stop paying medical benefits for its retirees. The company's position is that this is necessary to avoid bankruptcy. The steel mills in the picture are iconic, and yet I wonder how long they will continue to operate.
I thought of the pun as a title before I actually took the shot
A Silver Cross mother walks away having just laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Hamilton on this year's (2015) Remembrance Day service.
A cyclist was killed on the Clairmount mountain access recently. The following day, a large number of cyclists gathered and placed a "ghost-bike" at the site. A ghost bike is a bike painted completely white and is used a a memorial. Here, the procession gets rea\dy to move off from downtown.
I had been past this small plaza many times, but when I walked by it yesterday, I couldn't help noticing the irony of the position of these two establishments. It struck me that if the spices in the restaurant's food were too fiery, then patrons could pop next door for a cure.
I love this old bridge. Yesterday was another foggy one, and I noticed how the upper structures of the bridge gradually disappeared into the gloom. The fog cold not obscure the "Canada" though.
I saw a number of Inuksuik on one of our local trails the other day. My suspicion is that summer campers from a local international school have been embracing Canadian culture. I liked the irony created between the structures and their original purpose and the broad pathway to ensure no-one gets lost on the trail.
U.S. Steel in the background at dawn in Hamilton Harbour
Honour drumming by indigenous people at 2016 Remembrance Day.
Labour Day 2015 in Hamilton. As US Steel (the former Stelco) drags its bankruptcy proceedings through the courts, this picture takes on a certain poignancy I think
Man on York Blvd
Thanksgiving, 2017: James Street
Young man on steps: King and James
Man's best friend: Guide dog and owner, King Street in the snow.