ottawa is a great city to come home to
Abe Bourgi photographed in front of Ottawa’s Parliament Buildings.
Yesterday I photographed Abe Bourgi, who has been almost obsessively capturing Ottawa with his smart phone and posting countless wonderful images of our city on Instagram. Abe has been traveling the world since before he could even remember – and when I asked him how many countries, it was hard for him to remember exactly how many (definitely over 30). The thing is he always loves coming back to Ottawa of which he’s called home for a dozen years. “I love the open Ottawa skyline and I’m really loving exploring the neighbourhoods of Westboro and Wellington West.” Being a serial traveler I thought it was a cool compliment to Ottawa that Abe also loves the type of tourists who travel so far to visit here. Our city has such a rich historical and cultural draw, bringing tourists from all across Canada and around the world.
© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project
When I asked Abe about his favourite Ottawa restaurants, he prefaced his answer by telling me how much he loved breakfast – and that The Savoy Brasserie in Westboro does such a awesome French influenced breakfast and brunch. Other favourite west-end restaurants are The Hintonburger for their delicious burgers and the Wellington Gastropub for great food and their beer sampler.
Something else that Abe loves about Ottawa are the people, of which his images are starting to include more and more of. His people images tend to capture local folks unaware of Abe’s camera – allowing him to naturally capture them interacting with their city and/or apart of a bigger Ottawa scene. His photography is almost painterly and definitely worth checking out!
A big thanks to Abe Bourgi for being on the other side of the camera and for sharing what he loves about Ottawa! To view Abe’s photography you can check out his Instagram feed at: @boodzz and you can also follow him on twitter at: @boddythebest