When I first came here, I found Canadian payphones really cool. France already didn’t have many public phones left because the cell phone market was booming. The few phone booths left were often dirty or out of service. Beside, to make a call, you first had to buy a phone card from a retailer, even for local locals, and you paid per minute.
In Ottawa, a few years ago, a single quarter was enough to make an unlimited local phone call. It now costs 50¢ for an unlimited number of minutes, and I still find that cheap enough compared to our outrageously expensive cell phone plans.
You can find phone booths anywhere: malls, library, bus stations, even in some bars or restaurants. Surprisingly, most of them are relatively clean and in working condition.
There is a phone booth right on Rideau Street, by the main bus stop. I find it fascinating. It’s right in the way and makes for a cool focus point to capture all the different people hanging around this colourful neighbourhood. These last few weeks, I took a few shots while I was waiting for my bus.
You can see the whole People of Ottawa set here.