Just a Passing Observation

Black and white BW B&W Hamilton Ontario Canada contemporary street photography

Nonchalant Detainee

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10 thoughts on “Just a Passing Observation

  1. I’ve been following your blog for quite long, and I’ve read and imagined some of what you wrote about the area. These images give us an even closer look. πŸ˜‰ I love what you’re doing here.

    • I’ve had a few locals tell me that they too like Hammer Home, and that means a lot to me but a couple of years ago, someone local wrote me to complain. Without really probing the blog, they assumed that I was just another what’s-it-what’s-it out to slam the city of Hamilton. That’s not the intent of this project at all.

      I’m one of those residents who loves this city, and sees great potential for it. This project, and use of an interactive blog with it is my way of showcasing the city in a very honest way. This is not sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism so this project will show the good, the bad and the ugly of this place we call The Hammer.

      It’s the showing of the bad and the ugly that’s going to get some riled up. Once they see one image that shows the unpleasant aspects of this city, they assume that everything in this project and the blog is that way. They unfortunately don’t look or even ask about the images that show the positive aspects of Hamilton.

      Additionally, some of the images that show the positive aspects are instead interpreted by some as depictions of negativity. I personally think that’s an indication of their minds to draw that conclusion because it’s not where my head is at.

      This shot is definitely of a bad situation. It shows that a citizen who is not in the habit of being decent has just been caught by the police. That’s him sitting down with his hands cuffed behind his back. There’s no two ways about it. It’s an unpleasant image for the city, and even for the neighbourhood of Stipley. I would at least like to believe that it may inspire dialogue and action among my fellow citizens to work more with the local authorities to establish usable plans to reduce local crime. That is, if we want that badly enough.

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