Hold the Phone

Albert Street - Ottawa 18.10.2017

Albert Street – Ottawa 18.10.2017

Imagine that you’re out for a walk, taking in the day and all of a sudden you just have to stop and take a selfie.

Rick Carroll

Seriously

Ottawa - 14.10.2017

Laurier Avenue W – Ottawa 14.10.2017

As much as I am attracted to a pretty face, I am also equally attracted to a facial expression, the mystery in someone’s eyes, the telling, the hidden, the fear, the passion and the strength.

Rick Carroll

That I Would Be Good

I can’t imagine a song that is more appropriate to me at this time in my life, as this one. As I allow all things to dissolve, to fall and to fail, I know that I would be good.


“That I Would Be Good”

that I would be good even if I did nothing
that I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
that I would be good if I got and stayed sick
that I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

that I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
that I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be great if I was no longer queen
that I would be grand if I was not all knowing

that I would be loved even when I numb myself
that I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
that I would be loved even when I was fuming
that I would be good even if I was clingy

that I would be good even if I lost sanity
that I would be good
whether with or without you

Rick Carroll

Effigy

Have you ever woken up from a dream without any recollection at all as to what it was all about except that you knew that there were people in it and that one person used a word that you were unfamiliar with?

Well I just woke up from a nap and the unfamiliar word I speak of, is “Effigy”. Perhaps my unconscious mind is trying to further educate me as I sleep.

Effigy
noun [ C ] UK ​ /ˈef.ɪ.dʒi/ US ​ /ˈef.ə.dʒi/
a model or other object that represents someone, especially one of a hated person that is hanged or burned in a public place:
Crowds marched through the streets carrying burning effigies of the president.

Rick Carroll

Remembering

Ottawa 9.11.2017

Ottawa 9.11.2017

I created this today for our American friends and for Canadians alike who lost loved ones on that tragic day. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rick Carroll

Rory Taillon

Rory Taillon - Ottawa 10.09.2017

Rory Taillon – Sparks Street -Ottawa 10.09.2017

I met Rory today on Sparks Street and was captivated by the strength of his voice and his selection of music. My big mistake was not putting enough time in actually enjoying it all. He’s also a great guy.

Nice meeting you Rory. Hope you like the photograph.

Rory Taillon’s Website

Rick Carroll

Who Is Garry Black?

Little Mermaid - Ottawa 29.07.2017

Little Mermaid – Ottawa 29.07.2017

Like many people I sit on the sidelines peaking into this and that, making assessments and filtering to where I find some truth and something of value. Rarely, and I do mean rarely, do I find someone who gives constantly, is a professional, doesn’t play head games and is so kindhearted in nature, as Garry Black.

For many year now I’ve sent the odd message to Garry, sometimes just to bug him and sometimes to challenge him and although we rarely communicate I’ve always sensed a kinship. What I feel is common to both of us, is a love and a respect of photography and a love of life and people.

Like the young girl in the photo, my hat goes off to Garry Black.

Take the time to look into this wonderful man because some things are always worth it.

Rick Carroll

Lint

Lint - Ottawa 26.08.2017

Lint – Ottawa 26.08.2017

When I started editing this photograph the man’s face wasn’t quite the way I wanted it to be from a technical standpoint but what really surprised me was the amount of lint on his sweater. Typically I would have removed it all to make the image that much better.
( or should I say “that much more acceptable.”? )

For this man in the fall of his life, as I am, I doubt that having lint on his sweater really mat- ters anymore. What I find wonderful about ageing is the knowing where our focus should be.

Rick Carroll

Protester

Protester - Parliament Hill - Ottawa 14.05.2017

Protester – Parliament Hill – Ottawa 14.05.2017

I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit with this photograph to emphasise the fact that this is a young girl. The idea that parents bring their children to protests that sometime involve hate, to me, teeters on the sharp blade of ethics. This girl is probably around 12 or 13 years old.

Rick Carroll