Here's What Power in Canada's Capital Looks Like
Looking behind the clichés, myths, and fairytales created, managed, and perpetuated by the the country's powers that be Tony Fouhse's photo series "Official Ottawa."
After four years photographing a group of people with crack addiction in Ottawa, I turned my attention to the opposite end of the power spectrum, from the essentially powerless (or at least, marginalized) addicts, toward how actual power manifests itself in Canada's capital city. My new project, "Official Ottawa," looks behind (or perhaps beside) the clichés, the myths and the fairytales that are created, managed, and perpetuated by the Powers That Be.
Funnily enough, during the entire four years I spent hanging around with addicts, surrounded by drugs, and frequenting crack houses, the cops never bothered me once. But try photographing the places where power resides and you get swarmed by security of all types, from busybody citizens, to city cops, from RCMP, to private security.
You can draw your own conclusions.