Picture this, a photograph with a signature white canvas, in front of it, shiny happy Ottawa people who do things for their community. This is how one recognizes the work of Dwayne Brown and Anita Ruivo, who are both Ottawa photographers who collaborate on the loveOttawa project. The project features artists, chefs, business owners, students, visitors, even mayor Jim Watson!
The latest addition to the project, which can be found by visiting love-ottawa.com, profiles individuals who work at local watering holes ,as well as signature non-alcoholic beverages. Just in time for safe celebration during the holiday season!
“The biggest reason why we move the loveOttawa project forward is because we really love our city,” said Dwayne. “We both have independent businesses based here in Ottawa and we love how the city supports and celebrates entrepreneurs – so loveOttawa is our way of giving back to the community.”
Dwayne added that he and Anita also love giving others a voice to share what they love about Ottawa. “Some love the green spaces and heritage buildings, others love the new and cool restaurant scene, many love the arts and culture and everyone loves how much heart our city has!
One shoot was particularly memorable – a few days after the recent war memorial shooting, Dwayne and Anita set up their canvas across from the Parliament Buildings and asked people walking by if they’d like to be photographed and share one word to describe Ottawa. They asked them to write that single word on a white card and then photograph them. “It was a cool and positive photography post, in-light of the shadow of a tragic week for Ottawa – reminding us what a positively resilient city it is,” added Dwayne.