Candids in Ottawa

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Part of my “I’m a mother and I love my son, but hell, I’m also a human being!” project is to reconnect with my passions, including photography. Sure, I take hundreds of baby pictures with my beloved Nikon, but baby Mark shouldn’t be my only focus—although of course, he is a big part of my life!

So I recently started to focus on other projects—stuff that don’t include changing diapers, burping, cleaning up various body fluids… you know!—including my “People of Ottawa” set. I love candid shots and street photography, and spring weather is the perfect time to roam around the city with my camera again.

Maybe it’s my voyeur side but observing strangers in the street is fascinating, and capturing a moment is always rewarding.

I took the pictures below on Parliament Hill, Rideau Street, Rideau Centre, on MacKenzie King Bridge, at the Confederation Park and in the business district, using a simple 18-55 mm lens and my Nikon D60. I took some of the shots on Mother’s Day, hence the number of people with flowers!

You can see the complete People of Ottawa set on Flickr.

The News Readers

The News Readers

Buying Flowers

Buying Flowers

Connected

Connected

Arguing

Arguing

Waiting

Waiting

Goodbye!

Goodbye!

The Tourist

The Tourist

The Book Worm

The Book Worm

The Young Visitor

The Young Visitor

Winnies Candy Factory

Winnies Candy Factory

The Silhouettes

The Silhouettes

Tired

Tired

Moosehead

Moosehead

Smoking, Texting, Biking

Smoking, Texting, Biking

A Dog's Life

A Dog’s Life

Flowers For Someone

Flowers For Someone

The Reader

The Reader

Flowers Delivery

Flowers Delivery

Alone in the Crowd

Alone in the Crowd

Scooters

Scooters

Behind the Doors

Behind the Doors

Waiting for the Bus

Waiting for the Bus

Got Change?

Got Change?

Reading at Chapters

Reading at Chapters

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About Author

French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

12 Comments

  1. Great photos. Your street photography really captures the essence of life. You are great at doing this. Keep it up.

    Your travel journal of Central America, last year,(where you obviously made Mark), is a very useful traveler’s resource.

    I look forward to reading reports of your first overseas journey with young Mark.

  2. I love these series of people… Taking pictures of strangers is still something I want to do (I need some bravery right there).

    My very favorite one is the “Got Change” one – I love the reflection of people.

  3. Tes photos sont géniales Zhu! 🙂 C’est dingue comme tu as l’oleil et tu sais prendre les moments tout bête mais ça fait de superbe tranche de vie 🙂

    Bisous! 🙂

  4. I missed tHese somehow. I love it when you do this! It is great, although I don’t know how you get away with sneak photography without people clocking you!! Love the one of the couple arguing!

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