The photograph below was taken by the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s Archival Photographer Andrew Alexander. It’s incredibly special to me, because I can remember the moment so vividly. It was three-quarters of the way through the festival. I was going on my usual wander around the Courtyard, making sure everything was in order. I remember stopping for two seconds and taking a breath… one that felt like the first deep breath I had taken since the beginning of the festival. I looked around and realised that I hadn’t truly taken the time to appreciate all the hard work that went into making this festival possible, until that very moment. I scanned around me, soaking it all in, noticed my friend Andrew, and smiled.
Not only was this a pure moment of joy, but it got caught on “film” too!