Street Portraiture

Ottawa 22.09.2016
Bank Street – Ottawa 22.09.2016

For as long as I can remember people have described me as a “Street Photographer” but in truth, based on what is said, typically street photographers shoot with lenses in the 35mm range. My photography however has always been more around the 200mm range and often 300mm. So what am I?

I chose long focal lengths because I have never wanted to be an “in your face” type of shooter. I find that and continue to find it very disrespectful. Years later when I first saw American photographer Bruce Gilden’s method of taking a photograph, I was totally appalled. Mr. Gilden’s work however is well known and well received and for that I applaud him. It’s just not my style.

It’s funny how all of us can be dumber than sticks at times. Right now all I want to do is portraiture, ideally strong and powerful images in a studio setting. I’ve spent the last year setting up a little studio in my apartment. What makes me dumb is that when I look at my work, even the small sample of it here, is that the work for the most part is portraiture, just in an outdoor setting.

Rick Carroll

Soldier Appreciation

Roach-Leclair - Ottawa 23.10.2020
Roach-Leclair – Ottawa 23.10.2020

The photographs shown in Memorial Soldiers are for the soldiers in the photographs. Although I don’t get out there as much as I can due to weather, life in general and a thousand other excuses, I will keep working on it. I am aware that some soldiers get missed from time to time but they are not forgotten.

These photographs are just my way of showing my appreciation. I hope that you take the time to properly look at them and that you consider contacting me for your file so that you can use it to make a quality print that you can enjoy for years to come. To me, I find it both sad and unfortunate that I have to point out that this is not a gimmick. I want nothing else but to share.


Rick Carroll

Concept vs Art

Ottawa 29.09.2020
Sussex Drive – Ottawa 29.09.2020

I’ve often found that the concept(s) behind certain pieces of art seem to be more powerful than the actual art itself. I find that unfortunate. However insane this may sound, I believe that the everyday things, the moments, that which is so common, so simple, can be art.

Rick Carroll