Gratitude through photographs

It’s been more than one year since I came back from my journey on the Camino in Spain. Two of the biggest lessons I took back from that trip was to always be grateful, each and every day, and that everyone has a story.

Those two elements have led me to the creation of a facebook page titled “People, Faces and Places of Ottawa” This page is a celebration of all that is Ottawa – – its people, its faces and its places.

I have been blessed living in Ottawa – In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. Ottawa offers so many things to do, to discover and to enjoy. Being our Nation’s Capital, Ottawa is home to many museums, parks, the Canal and so much more.

Meeting people is one of my favorite things to do, and taking pictures offers me many opportunities to do so. I enjoy talking to people, getting to know a bit more about them, about what they do, what they like and of their words of wisdom.

Finding people to photograph is so easy – a simple “Hi, How are you” goes a long way. Very few refuse to be photograph, and some even seek me when they learn I’ve photographed their friends or family member, and they ask to have their picture taken as well. I’ve learned so much from these brief encounters, yet each one leaves me more aware of our diversity and our alikeness.

I am also, in my simple little way, introducing people around the world about Ottawa. I’ve joined a group of photographers who have pages titled “Humans of THEIR CITY”. The first who started this movement is a gentlemen from New York with his facebook and web page called “Humans of New York”. He is a very active and talented photographer; many other photographers have followed. Humans of Paris, Florida, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Denver, Kingston ON, Rome and many other pages share their peoples. In fact, searching for “humans of” in Facebook will lead you to many pages.

I’ve been living in Ottawa for over 32 years and I’m feeling as if I am rediscovering this beautiful city through my photography. My aim is to showcase Ottawa not only for all its beautiful places, but most of all, for all its amazing individuals.

It took a 500 km walking trek to make me realize there is beauty in almost everything – – and I project many years of rediscovery!