Hi! My name is Michael Nguyen. I’m a 20-year-old photographer born and raised in Montreal.

How did you end up being a photographer?

In college, we had a course called Computer Arts, which basically taught us the basics of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I really got into Photoshop because I wanted to edit pictures nicely so that my Facebook timeline would look better (sounds lame I know). From then on, I started watching a lot of YouTube tutorials to get better at editing and that’s basically how I started doing digital art. I’d stay at school until midnight editing just because it was fun and really accessible. You have the whole Internet for images to use and you don’t need many tools to expertise as opposed to traditional ”visual art”.

It was around that time, in 2014, that I picked up on Instagram. The app fueled my passion because there’s an audience that could appreciate my work and the feedback is almost immediate. I quickly decided I could go to the next step and use my own photos instead of others’ for my work. That’s when I got into photography, approximately 8 months ago. It was a whole new discovery for me and there is so much to learn. Photography has become my true passion and I can only hope that one day I will be able to make a living out of it and travel across the globe.

Your opinion about the photography opportunities and connections in Montreal?

The street photography side of Montreal is relatively new. I’d say I’m part of the first wave of street photographers and as such, I think we have the responsibility of inspiring new photographers and showing Montrealers a different perspective of the city. I think Montreal is great for photography because there’s everything from modern to old architecture but also nature. There aren’t as many street photographers in the scene as in the in like of  Toronto’s, so it’s the perfect time to make a name for yourself. I like to shoot a lot of modern architecture and I personally think there’s not enough it in Montreal, but you learn to adapt your style to what you have.

Any protip?

Two great things to shoot when in Montreal: events and fashion. Everyone knows that when it comes to festivals, nightlife or any gatherings, Montreal is the city to beat. And I’m not really a fashion guy myself but I love shooting fashion. There are a lot of entrepreneurs either starting their own brand or rebranding in Montreal.