My name is Daniel Castonguay, I’m a street photographer based in Montreal, Canada. I started photography in 1979 as an extracurricular activity. I obtained in 1989, a Professional Electrical Engineering degree at "Université du Québec à Chicoutimi", Canada.

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

"Quotidian Life" series

The quotidian life is more or less the same for all with a few variations. A part of my work as a "creative street 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 me, photography is a mode of expression in the same way as writing or playing music. Transmitting an emotion is the essence of my 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.

Being a street photographer is above all playing a role in the urban life framework, contribute to its vivacity, its pace and almost belonging to a chaotic scenario. To me, street photography is more than a “picture making business“, it’s being part of a continuous theatrical sketch where I play the role of a silenced character.
Awards
"Walking Brutus". Silver medal, BAWS International Small Prints Circuit 2020, "Monochrome" category, Kolkata, India.
"Old friends". Gold medal, BAWS International Small Prints Circuit 2020, "Monochrome" category, Kolkata, India.
"Mom". Second place winner, "Odyssey" International Exhibition 2020, Philadelphia, USA.
"Let it rain". Honorable Mention, International Color Awards 2020, "Fine Art" category, Beverly Hills, USA.
"Walking Brutus". First place winner, Fine Art photo of the year, Monovisions Photography Awards 2019London, UK.
"Walking Brutus". First place winner, Pollux Photography Awards 2019, "Fine Art" category, York, UK.
"Walking Brutus". Honorable mention, Annual Photography Awards 2019, "Fine Art" category.
"Quotidian life" series. Honorable mention, London International Creative Competition 2019 - LICC, London, UK.​​​​​​​
"Old friends". Honorable mention, Annual Photography Awards 2019, "Fine Art" category.
"Long way home". Third place winner, International Monochrome Photography Awards 2019, "Photomanipulation" category.
"Walking Brutus". Honorable mention, International Monochrome Photography Awards 2019, "Photomanipulation" category.
"Old friends". Honorable mention, International Monochrome Photography Awards 2019, "Photomanipulation" category.
"Friday". Bronze medal, Kathmandu Photo Art International Salon 2019, Kathmandu, Nepal.
"Let it rain". Honorable Mention, International Chromatic Photography Awards 2019, "Photomanipulation" category.
"Let it rain". Silver medal, Campina International Exhibition 2019, Campina, Romania.
"Walking Brutus". Honorable mention, ND Awards 2019"Fine Art" category, New York, USA.
"Rendez Vous". Honorable mention, ND Awards 2019"Fine Art" category, New York, USA.
"Brothers". Honorable mention, ND Awards 2019"Fine Art" category, New York, USA.
"The entrance". Second place winner, "Transformations" International Exhibition 2019, Philadelphia, USA.
"Quotidian life" series. Nominated, International Photography Grant 2019, "Creative" category.
"Old friends". First place winner, International Black & White Spider Awards 2019, "People" category. Beverly Hills, USA.
"Long way home". Honorable mention, International Black & White Spider Awards 2019, "Fine Art" category. Beverly Hills, USA.
"Walking Brutus". Honorable mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) 2019"Special, Digitally Enhanced" category, Los Angeles, USA.
"Daily grind". Gold medal, International CAS Photography Awards 2019, "Monochrome" category, Kolkata, India.
"Brothers". Second place winner, "Odyssey" International Exhibition 2019, Philadelphia, USA.

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