Though he is relatively new to photography – having started only two years ago – there’s no denying Roland Bastarache’s artistic talent.
A desire to simply get out in nature has led to spectacular photos of Canada’s Capital in every season! “I got into photography to kind of get out in nature and forget about work,” Bastarache said. “It kind of just started out as a hobby.”
For Bastarache, the best part of Ottawa is its architecture and how many old aspects are mixed in with the new. “I like the architecture of the old buildings,” he said. “And then, I like the new stuff that’s coming up too. It’s the mix of both.”
Bastarache enjoys taking photos of Ottawa’s iconic Parliament Hill, but he says his favourite location to take photos in the city is the Rideau Canal. He noted that the Canal has something to offer a photographer in every season. “It keeps changing,” he said. “So you always have four different seasons and you have a couple of months to photograph each one.” He added that the Fairmont Château Laurier, which was built in 1912, is another “amazing” building to photograph in any season.
According to Bastarache, the key to taking a fantastic photo is composition; which is the way in which the photo is taken. “It’s what you put in your picture and also, where you put it in the [frame],” he said.
He then referred to his fall photo of the Rideau Canal and a seagull. Posted to Ottawa Tourism’s social media networks in October, the particular photo received more than 1,000 likes on Instagram and more than 12,000 likes on Facebook.
Bastarache said that he was simply taking a photo of the area when the seagull happened to land right in front of him. “I just repositioned myself to add him into the photo,” he said, adding the bird was a great addition in terms of composition as it filled the empty archway of the Laurier Street Bridge.
In terms of being a good photographer, Bastarache says that you just need to be consistent. “You have to consistently go out there and shoot what is best,” he said.
He noted that for example, with the construction on Parliament Hill, you have to be strategic about how you take your photo to avoid the scaffolding. “There are some things you can’t fix, but you can make it look the best that you can,” Bastarache said. “So, just do your best.”
To see more of Bastarache’s great Ottawa photos, follow him on Instagram or keep an eye on Ottawa Tourism’s social media networks. He’s bound to be featured again!
You can also see some of Bastarache’s winter scenes on display at the Kevin Dodds Gallery and Studio at 1101 Bank St. Bastarache’s photos will be on display and for sale for one year.