Street photographer Daniel Castonguay

Le Parc Des Braves - On a very cold February day, an elderly person walks through a windy deserted park. Translated from French "The Park of The Braves" depicts our need to perform daily tasks despite our age and circumstances.

Daniel Castonguay, is a street photographer based in Montreal, Canada. He started photography in 1979.

Living in a great city, he was naturally driven to street photography and depicting the quotidian life in its simplest form. When he began in this field of photography, he worked accordingly to the established standards of the style. At a certain point, he got bored of not being able to illustrate the mood of the “moment” in order to give a more authentic touch to his work. Audacious and challenging the rules, he began to process his imagery to make it a little more mysterious. This had the effect of combining simple moments of life with his state of mind, hence the name of the series "Quotidian Life".

The Pillars - This image is all about our relationship to the norms and operating frameworks we need to follow in an organized society. The subframe used with the pillars is somehow referring to the almost immutable rules under which we have to operate.

The quotidian life is more or less the same for all with a few variations. A part of his work as a photographer is to bring this daily life into a world of fantasy, something related to abstraction. This creates a duality, a paradox. The paradox of the ordinary life in a universe that exists only in one's own imagination, that can literally be anything but still being able to relate to.

For him, photography is a mode of expression in the same way as writing or playing music. Transmitting an emotion is the essence of his photographic work, bringing the viewer into a story. More specifically, to make the viewer travel in a world of reverie, leaving all the space to imagination.

Missed - Always in the spirit of illustrating everyday life, our relationship with urban displacement is not always the one we expect. This picture is all about bad timings and we can feel the disappointment in the character posture.

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