DescriptionThis close-up image of the Golden Boy’s face is shown with the eight-pointed star from The Pool of the Black Star in the statue’s eye. According to Albo, the Pool operates as the preverbal “Underworld” of the legislative building, the symbolic sanctum sanctorum unifying the star of Ishtar/Venus (a.k.a Sulphur), with Hermes Trismegestus (a.k.a. Mercury). It is not surprising, therefore, that on June 3, 1914, the day the northeast cornerstone of the Legislature was laid, the planets Mercury and Venus were superimposed upon one another in the north Winnipeg sky.
Charlie McDougall, Winnipeg, MB, Canada Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement Growing up on Manitoulin Island on the Great Lakes, I gained an appreciation of the natural beauty of the great outdoors early on. My first camera was put to work as capturing the highs and lows of daily life that fill the daily newspapers. Since moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba, some 13 years ago, my work began to focus on nature photography. Since this time, I’ve begun to range more widely, both geographically and in my subject matter. Foxtower Photography gets its name from a building constructed by my grandfather Alfred Brandow, who used it to raise foxes in. To some, my work has a very painterly quality. Each of the images are inspired by the spiritual idea that all living things that are animated by a spark as its source. Charles McDougall, 2013