A friend and I had been intending for several months to photograph together but various things got in the way until late August when we decided to visit the National Gallery of Canada. The Gallery holds a wealth of impressive art of various types, but our motivation was to photograph the Gallery space itself. That said, we did set aside our cameras, and take in an excellent exhibition of Gauguin portraits that was running at the time. While waiting for my friend to arrive, I had a few minutes to photograph outside, where I concentrated mainly on Maman, the enormous spider statue that stands in the plaza at the Gallery entrance. Photographers love Maman, and it must get photographed hundreds of times each day. With this in mind, I looked for a few different ideas on how to capture the intensity of this iconic work. Once inside the Gallery with my friend I spent my time mainly looking for abstract compositions and shots with a strong geometrical component. I had a lot of fun, but Gallery visitors might have wondered if I was a bit nutty as I ignored the art and photographed the walls and ceiling, or at other times the skylights overhead! You can judge for yourself if I wasted my time. Afterward, my friend and I had a nice dinner together and caught up with each other’s news. I love photographing with friends this way – combining creative expression with camaraderie.