This is the logo for the Ottawa Senators, it’s laid out in a courtyard just outside the main doors to their arena. It’s basically a litmus test for what kind of fan you are. Are you the kind which can at least identify the simple tradition where you don’t walk on the logo, or is your brain soft like pudding? When the parents of these kids were kids they still shared their last name.
Technical Stuff: Not much technical to report. I was holding the camera. Taking photos of kids who don’t belong to you is very tricky. In Ontario it is legal to take photos of people in public spaces. Which includes kids. But being confronted by a parent who’s not quite into his child being turned into “art” is a distinct possibility… try and answer “why are you taking photos of my children” without sounding remotely like a paedophile. Quebec is a totally different story. Do no take photos in Quebec. Quebec’s Privacy Act make it pretty much illegal to be taking photos of kids, and if you want to publish your photo you have to get a release from everyone in it…
I was trying to get a shot of the logo, but the kids wouldn’t stop dancing on it. I was there to see game four of the 2006-2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Senators won the previous game but lost the night I was there taking a photo of these kids, 3-2, and would eventually lose the series four games to one. I don’t blame these kids for the Senators losing the Stanley Cup. Anymore. I’ve mostly moved past the whole incident.