When he was 23 years aged, William McElligott was offered a digital camera. It was a going absent current from his brother.

McElligott would use this present to capture the earth.

“That begun it all for the reason that I finished up paying out two decades travelling about the world just before I arrived again,” said McElligott.

In the course of a visit to the Taj Mahal, McElligott shared a quick encounter with a seasoned photographer that would change his life.

“He instructed me that he manufactured his residing from currently being a photographer and I couldn’t feel that,” he mentioned.

“I had no idea that folks could travel the environment and make a residing doing it. That type of hooked me.”

Due to the fact that time, photography has been McElligott’s residing and his lifestyle.

“That’s all I’ve finished.”

At 71 a long time previous, McElligott is one of our country’s celebrated architectural photographers.

“I feel architects are the artists of the twentieth and 20-initial centuries,” said McElligott.

His most the latest photographic matter is Parliament, a building common to all Canadians.

“There are a ton of lovely structures, but this constructing has just one of the most amazing views from the developing wanting out and from wherever we are on the lookout in.”

For the past 4 and a half many years, McElligott has snapped more than 6,000 images of Parliament 170 of individuals visuals are showcased in his new book, “A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament”.

A Portrait of Canada's Parliament

McElligott was commissioned to capture Parliament in 2016. He describes the undertaking as an assignment of a life time.

“They mentioned, ‘Would you like to be the photographer?’ And it didn’t just take me lengthy to say, ‘Yeah, I would be honoured. ’”

“I had a long time to comprehensive the guide, so I could get my time. If I did not get the shot I needed, I’d just go again until I bought it. It was a privilege to be in a position to do that,” reported the photographer.

“It’s a humbling practical experience to be able to photograph that building in all kinds of mild.”

Accompanying McElligott’s images is a collection of thoughtfully published chapters authored by highly regarded architects, conservationists, historians, Dwelling of Commons specialists, and dignitaries.

Times of awe were a each day incidence for McElligott on Parliament Hill wherever he had privileged access.

William McElligott

William McElligott

William McElligott

“I in fact acquired to go proper to the base of the mast, correct up to the leading and open the entice doorway. I could not get out simply because there’s nowhere to stand. But I’m at the quite leading and my spouse Norma Lu Brown was with me, and we did it on Canada Day. It was an unbelievable experience. I get goosebumps pondering about it,” recollects McElligott.

Given the ongoing restoration of Parliament Hill, McElligott’s e-book might be 1 of the number of strategies for Canadians to see this architectural question in this mild.

“I’m quite very pleased of this ebook. I hope a good deal of individuals, primarily Canada’s youth, get to see it. I imagine it must be in all of the schools and libraries.”

A Portrait of Canada’s Parliament is posted by ECW Push and is available at and great bookstores everywhere you go.