The Canadian War Museum 2

If anyone was left wondering what the  War Museum in it’s entirety looks like after my previous Deconstruction post I’ve book-ended this one with two different full views and included a few images I haven’t yet posted. As always you can click on the images for a larger view.











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Architect: Raymond Moriyama

All images Β© Karen McRae

51 thoughts on “The Canadian War Museum 2

  1. It really is like those WWII military bunkers on the coast of Europe: slab walls and slit-like windows. That must have been intentional!

    1. Yes, intentional and the slit windows flash Morse code when it’s dark enough. “lest we forget”.
      I was just reading about horseshoe crab fossils over there…on your blog. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely shots of an amazing bit of architechture. The snow just makes it seem more somber and isolated, very evocative of the feelings of war to me.

  3. Again, great photos! Numbers 3 and 9 show a real nice play between the snow and the concrete.
    p.s. Thanks for commenting on my photos πŸ™‚

    1. Personal taste is acceptable and highly encouraged! That’s what makes life so interesting.
      I love a lot of different architecture including this building and much modern architecture in general, but certainly it does provoke mixed feelings, as does war. I’ve photographed it on a sombre day because I think it works with the building and what it commemorates.

  4. You are the magician to lead us (or our mind) to unknown endless space.
    And make the people loose a word.
    Very few photographer can show the time and the space beyond the image.
    You are the one of that few.

  5. Living in Australia, I’ve always had a romantisized view of countries that receive snow. For me, landscapes painted in white were beautiful; evocking memories of Christmas, family and walks through snow covered forests. As a kid we visited my uncle in Germany a couple of times over the festive season. A number of your pictures in the last few months have had a solitary and lonely quality; beautiful, but still solemn. I forget sometimes that winter can be also be quite desolate too. I’m still loving the pictures though Karen; haunting and beautiful.

      1. Oh no, not a downer at all. I love winter too! In fact summer is my least favourite season, so autumn and winter can’t come soon enough down here. Your images just serve to remind me of how humbling mother nature can be; and despite our technology – whether that be through buildings, boat moorings, or hessian sacks for pine trees – we are still at her mercy. Your compositional eye is inspirational.

  6. I think it was mentioned above, but the concrete detail does resemble a bunker…which was nicely off-set by all of the glass. My favorite, though, is the picture with the trees and the snow and the minimal image of the museum in the background. The pristine and stark beauty of the bare trees in the snow has stolen the show…for me, anyway. Beautiful, Karen.

    1. It’s funny you mention the trees, I had not put that image in initially and the post seemed incomplete until I added them. I completely get what you mean. Regeneration, it’s what the museum is built on – it’s not complete without the trees.

      1. I agree that the set would have been incomplete without the trees…that shot does add something…it must be the regeneration aspect. Very nice….

  7. I love that your photos are outside, looking at, observing from slight remove so that I can also have some objectivity. I don’t think I want to go inside but I am completely fascinated and moved and provoked from this distance.

  8. Very clever design, this building blends into its environment so well it practically disappears, yet at the same time makes a real statement about war. The last view reminds me of a crematorium, a powerful message. Great photos by the way, as has been said a few times, you’re good at this architectural photography.

  9. I was at an event at the Canadian War Museum but didn’t take time to view the building itself. I really enjoyed this set of photos as much for the artistry as for the architecture itself.

  10. I have been to the war museum a few years back. Your photos of the monumental architecture set against the coldness of our Ottawa winters, really speaks to me at a different level about the cold and stark nature of war, period. Also, like the previous commenter, Lynne, when visiting the museum. my wife and I focused on the interior exhibits, and didn’t even really notice the exterior form of the bldg.Thanks for this post.

    1. Thank you, Simon. Yes, It is quite purposeful that it blended into the landscape from the back in particular. I’ve been meaning to photograph this building in the summer!

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