A Portrait of Canada's Parliament: An architectural photographer's tribute

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OTTAWA —
When he was 23 years previous, William McElligott was given a digicam. It was a going away current from his brother.

McElligott would use this present to seize the world.

“That started it all because I ended up spending two years travelling around the globe before I came back,” mentioned McElligott.

Throughout a go to to the Taj Mahal, McElligott shared a short encounter with a seasoned photographer that might change his life.

“He told me that he made his living from being a photographer and I couldn’t believe that,” he mentioned.

“I had no idea that people could travel the world and make a living doing it. That sort of hooked me.”

Since that point, pictures has been McElligott’s residing and his life.

“That’s all I’ve done.”

At 71 years previous, McElligott is one among our nation’s celebrated architectural photographers.

William McElligott

“I think architects are the artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,” mentioned McElligott.

His most up-to-date photographic topic is Parliament, a constructing acquainted to all Canadians.

“There are a lot of beautiful buildings, but this building has one of the most breathtaking views from the building looking out and from where we are looking in.”

For the final 4 and a half years, McElligott has snapped greater than 6,000 images of Parliament; 170 of these pictures are showcased in his new guide, “A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament”.

A Portrait of Canada's Parliament

McElligott was commissioned to seize Parliament in 2016. He describes the challenge as an task of a lifetime.

“They said, ‘Would you like to be the photographer?’ And it didn’t take me long to say, ‘Yeah, I would be honoured. ’”

“I had years to complete the book, so I could take my time. If I didn’t get the shot I wanted, I’d just go back until I got it. It was a privilege to be able to do that,” mentioned the photographer.

“It’s a humbling experience to be able to photograph that building in all types of light.”

Accompanying McElligott’s images is a sequence of thoughtfully written chapters authored by revered architects, conservationists, historians, Home of Commons consultants, and dignitaries.

Moments of awe had been a each day incidence for McElligott on Parliament Hill the place he had privileged entry.

William McElligott

William McElligott

William McElligott

“I actually got to go right to the bottom of the mast, right up to the top and open the trap door. I couldn’t get out because there’s nowhere to stand. But I’m at the very top and my wife Norma Lu Brown was with me, and we did it on Canada Day. It was an unbelievable experience. I get goosebumps thinking about it,” recollects McElligott.

Given the continued restoration of Parliament Hill, McElligott’s guide could also be one of many few methods for Canadians to view this architectural marvel on this gentle.

“I’m very proud of this book. I hope a lot of people, especially Canada’s youth, get to see it. I think it should be in all of the schools and libraries.”

A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament is printed by ECW Press and is accessible at http://www.wpmcelligott.com and superb bookstores in all places. 


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