About the Book
Grounded at home in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local photographer Nicolas St-Pierre attempted to satisfy his wanderlust by hopping in his car and driving along Ottawa Road 31 in search of images that evoke past and dreamed travels.
Mixing portraiture, documentary and street photography, "The Longest Road" proposes an intimate visual exploration of the people, buildings and landscapes that make up Ottawa Road 31, and acts as a metaphor of the photographer’s persistent longing for a change of scenery in these unsettling times. The images comprised in this book speak to the universality of such themes as wanderlust, exoticism vs. familiarity, shattered aspirations and foreboding. "The Longest Road" will no doubt resonate with all those who, like Nicolas St-Pierre, saw their lives and dreams disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This book was selected as semi-finalist for the URBAN Book Award 2021 in Trieste, Italy.
Nicolas St-Pierre (b. 1974) is a Canadian photographer and storyteller based in Ottawa, Canada. He has been practicing photography ever since he was offered a Soviet-made Zenit camera by an Italian friend some 30 years ago. Lawyer by training, former journalist at La Presse and Foreign Service Officer by trade, Nicolas dedicates most of his spare time capturing the places and people that he encounters through his professional and personal travels. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Ottawa and Montreal (Canada) as well as in New York City (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), Golshahr (Iran), Beijing (China) and throughout Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Sapporo). It was also featured in Canadian, French, Indian and Japanese publications, including La Presse, Réponses Photo, Latent Image, Photo Life, Onbeat as well as in online magazines. In recent years, Nicolas’ work has garnered awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA), Photo Solution, the School of the Photogr