Ottawa's Freelance Photography
January’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Patrick Lescard, to support his video documentation of Ottawa’s light rail construction and more.
“I started my YouTube channel about three years ago,” says Patrick. “I pretty much film or take pictures of anything, but my main project is the light rail construction. I have my drone certification so I fly my drone around the construction and gather up the content to make videos and put us on the map – I want to show how things get done in the nation’s capital!”
“I started all this right before the pandemic,” Patrick continues, “and it really helped me to cope with what was happening. I would go out and film snow removal operations, and then decided this would be a good way to document the light rail project. It gives me a real sense of accomplishment that I’m able to show the progress of construction and this beautiful city of ours.”
Patrick is a property manager, as well as a new father. In three years his YouTube channel has grown to more than 34,000 subscribers and includes hundreds of videos of snow removal, garbage collection, road paving, and of course light rail construction – videos that have been viewed close to 20 million times from all over the world.
Funded by Ottawa, ON (January 2023)