The bus shelter project
Don’t you hate it when you have a great idea that turns out to be a dud? Me, too.
I was going to go around town and photograph bus shelters. I wanted to document these rather unsung heroes of commuting. The shelters that give transit users (and anyone else nearby) respite from the sun, the rain, or the snow. You don’t need to be a paying customer to use them. You can just sit there and take a break in the shade whenever you need it. Of course, you can also use it to wait for the bus. But maybe that’s unoriginal.
Anyway. I was going to photograph them, perhaps not all bus shelters in the city, but a whole whack of them, and show how different they look depending on the neighbourhood. I was hoping to tease out something interesting that could tell us a bit more about life in this nice big great sprawling city.
Great idea, right?
Wrong. I got started with the pictures in March and April and after about half of dozen of them I realized something about Ottawa’s bus shelters.
They’re boring. And that’s after I’ve played with the pictures to try and make them more interesting.
McCarthy at Pigeon
Alta Vista at Dorion
Chesterton at Bowhill
Bronson near Renfrew
Montreal Road at the Vanier Parkway
Greenbank at Craig Henry
Carling at Sherwood
There. Now it’s abandoned.