Underneath that big green tarp near the corner of Wyndham and Macdonell is a world of mystery. The Petrie Building has been a subject of intrigue, speculation and regret for years, if not decades, and it’s facelift is opening up that world as the Trycathlen partners proceed with the renovation and restoration of the Petrie, and one man has been there to capture the transformation as it’s unfolded.
The guest on this week’s Guelph Politicast is Hans Zegerius. He may not be the most well-known name associated with the Petrie, but his job may be the most important. The real estate photographer and designer was brought in at the very beginning of the redevelopment process to capture what was there, what was being done, and, in the end, how the new building will look. It’s an epic journey for one photographer.
Hans’ background is in taking pictures of buildings, usually houses for realtors to post in an effort to sell them, but this new mission required the former engineer to not just use his skills, but learn some new ones too. We talked about his process on this podcast, as well as how Hans became the Petrie’s official photographer, how he chooses what to shoot, some of the things he’s discovered along the way, and what his plans are for all his hard work. (A coffee table book, perhaps?)
So let’s head back into the Petrie and capture the moments in time through the camera lens of Hans Zegerius as described on this week’s Guelph Politcast.
You can see Hans Zegerius’ photos of the Petrie Building right now at the Boarding House Gallery at 6 Dublin St through June 10, or you can see samples of his work at Hans’ website here. You can also purchase a print of the various photographs on display, with a potion of the proceeds going to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario,
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