courthouse2

If you’re an architectural photographer, or a painter for that matter, or you take pictures of cars for magazines, you typically look for an oblique angle to capture The Beauty Shot, as Stuart Thomson did a century ago to record the new courthouse from the corner of Howe and Georgia.

courthouse

That view is now blocked by the … the … what is that thing anyway? Is this where the militia will stand to fire down onto the protesting crowds? Does this annoy anyone else, or is it just nostalgic me? Is this part of the broader trend, identified by Ray Spaxman and others, of new design (of, say, condo towers) completely disrespecting its neighbours?

Fire away, metaphorically….