Gay Pride Parade 2016 - Ottawa

Gay Pride Parade 2016 - Ottawa

Firestone Gallery - Ottawa 2016

Firestone Gallery 2016 - Ottawa

These two photographs and even the previous post are photographs that I actually like but that in my opinion, for one reason or another, don't quite make the grade. Usually the photograph is not quite sharp enough.

Rick Carroll

O'Connor Street - Ottawa

O'Connor Street - 2016

I envy photographers who live in warm climates and who can step out every day and not be concerned with freezing.

Rick Carroll

Sampled Flavours

Sparks Street - Ottawa

"In every wrinkle lies a sampled flavour of life."

Rick Carroll

Ottawa - 2015

Ottawa - 2015


Sometimes it's a bit of a challenge tucking something away and moving ahead. In the last week or so, it became clear to me that I no longer wanted to limit what I post to things that people would feel comfortable with.

To me, a good photograph is about it's subject and composition regardless of how it's content may make someone feel.

Rick Carroll

Ottawa Canada - 2016

Ottawa Canada - 2016

One of the most meaningful comments on my photography over the years was made by a street person who said; "You make street people look beautiful."

I've always been honoured by those words.

Rick Carroll

Youtube can certainly be a wonderful tool for learning and I personally use it all the time but it is a candy store and more often then not with goodies that are simply not good for you. Needless to say, most of us are guilty of buying into the "Wows" and hype that everyone seems to be selling.

As a person / photographer? I am incredibly selective as to who I watch and what I buy into. I've sifted through hundreds and hundreds of sites searching for real work by real photographers. I can honestly say that there are really only about a hand- ful of true photographers who know their craft and from whom you could actually learn something from.

Jason Lanier is certainly one of them.

Photographs that require significant altering in Adobe's Photoshop or other editing software, adding this or removing that, are not photographs. They may represent a skill in editing but indicate very little with respect to photography. They are in fact digital images.

The video below touches on many things that I completely agree with but it's always a challenge to write about anything that some might consider to be negative.

Enjoy...

Rick Carroll

Untitled - Ottawa 2016

Untitled - Ottawa 2016

Like many people a new year represents an opportunity to do things differently with an expectation of something better. In my experience however, that rarely plays out. Often times change to many people, myself included, is nothing more than the residual left from a purchase.

But change however, happens and although it may not mirror our original inten- tions or be obvious to the outside world, we feel it, we know it. We are always evolving.

The photograph above is extremely meaningful to me because it represents a lifetime of un-learning. Un-learning all the prejudices that are not the true essence of who I am.

To my friends, although I may often be silent and sometimes be distant. I always think of you and carry you in my heart. Without you, I am nothing.

Happy 2017 everyone.

Rick Carroll

When I grow up I want to be a photographer.

Rick Carroll

Canada Day - 2016

Canada Day 2016 - Ottawa

What is important to me in a photograph and with many types of art, is that it speaks a certain truth. That being said, I believe that such images, such art, impact, initiate and create change in society.

A happy child to me is incredibly special because it's speaks of a society getting it right. My childhood never had words like "I love you", "You are special", arms that held me or words from storybooks.

Rick Carroll

 

Young girl in stroller - Ottawa

Parliament Hill - Sunday

It's easy to get annoyed by an image that just doesn't quite make the grade such as this one ( the face is not in focus ) because we all seem to strive for some form of perfection.

If there's a magic in photography, it lies in how we live the special moments and what we walk away with.

Rick Carroll