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Bank Street: A Photographic Essay

  • Author(s): Vanderwees, Chris
  • et al.
Abstract

Bank Street is the major north-south artery in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s capital city. Named for its initial geographic proximity to the Ottawa River bank in the 19th century, the street now runs north from the city limits at Belmeade Road through various villages (Vernon, Spring Hill, Metcalfe, Greely, South Gloucester, Leitrum, and Blossum Park), north through multiple large neighbourhoods (Hunt Club, Alta Vista, Old Ottawa South, The Glebe, Centretown) to Wellington Street, home of Canada’s Parliament Buildings.

Almost every afternoon, I photograph a particular stretch of Bank Street from Third Avenue in The Glebe to Wellington Street near Parliament. This series of 25 street photographs is a product of these walks through the lens of a 1972 Canon Canonet rangefinder on inexpensive, often expired, color film. The photographs are presented in order of their location from the Bank Street intersection with Third Avenue, proceeding north toward the intersection with Laurier Avenue.

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