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What is street fashion? And what is street fashion photography? Wiki says it is a form of fashion that “emerged not from studios, but from the grassroots…and is generally associated with youth culture and often seen in major urban centers.” Urban centers like New York City, Montreal, Milan, Paris, Chicago, London, Tokyo, Beijing, etc. In other words, if you wanted to be a career street fashion photographer, you wouldn’t be living in rural Lancaster, PA like me. Street Fashion is a major influence on mainstream fashion and not the other way round. A street fashion photographer (in my view) is therefore one that captures street fashionistas, no brainer :) According to Mashable, with the advent of the iPhone and photo apps like Instagram, many street and documentary photographers are finding it even easier to capture fashion and life on the streets. I have always had an interest in street fashion photography but I have not had many opportunities to live it. Since 2009, I have been to Ottawa  once each year and to Montreal two times now. On these occasions, I have discovered that people in Ottawa dress more interestingly (subjective) than people in Montreal. I took most of these photos in 2009, a few on my recent trip there, and about one or two in 2010. In future, I will try to post some of the photos I have captured in other major cities. Obviously, I love The Sartorialist and hopefully you love mine!  Here, enjoy my Ottawa street fashion photography and some Montreal street fashion photographs. Let me know of your favorite by leaving your comment at the bottom of the post!

PS: By the way, it turns out that the lady dressed purple dress with scarf and denim jacket (fifth photo from bottom), as I had suspected, is a model, also an entrepreneur and fashion blogger. Check out Justyna Baraniecki feautured here in Bohemia Magazine or go to her  fashion blog, and better still, follow her tweets.

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