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MONTREAL – NASTIA CLOUTIER-IGNATIEV {PHOTOGRAPHY/TRAVEL DIARY}

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During the last two years photographer Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev has been slowly building her film series of street photography. All the photos were taken in Montreal, QC, Canada, with a Pentax K1000 and various filmy types from 2014 – 2015. I’ve always wanted to get into street photography but have always been pulled more into the fine art and fashion photography areas where planning goes into, so when I see someone really good at catching moments and framing landscapes that seem like they are from a dream or a lost moment in time, I get jealous, but more importantly I get inspired and that’s what Nastia’s work does to you. She was born in Montreal, so she knows it and knows it well. That kind of connection to a city builds a relationship between you and it, something that can’t be broken, harnessed, and sometimes can’t even be explained in terms of how it makes you feel. In the last year Nastia has been very active in the demonstrations that were going on in Montreal because of Austerity and she had a lot pictures from them. Montreal is also a city that is slowly dying according to some. Local commerce is closing down, people are losing their jobs, it’s somewhat reminiscent of Detroit when it went under but nowhere near as bad. Not helping the situation, there is so much construction you can’t get anywhere with out having to do 9814601287821 deviations, causing headaches, rage, misery and overall animosity towards the city in general. With all this going on, Nastia wanted to capture life, but for a brief moment, and make sure that somethings are never forgotten, never lost and show that the city still has life despite dark days.
See more of Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev’s work here:  WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM
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