Frédéric Tougas

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Frédéric is a photographer based in Montréal. He sees his practice as a form of poetry; a way to use the external world to express an internal state. His approach, sensorial and reactive, is a way to maintain his sensibility and train his capacity for wonder.


He is particularly interested in the environments in which humans gravitate, their reciprocal influence, sometimes underlining in passing the paradoxes that result from this interaction. It is by transmitting the essence and the atmosphere of a subject or an environment that his images invite contemplation.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

Photography is the channel through which I truly connect with my environment. It gives me a reason to spend countless time observing and feeling the vast complexity of it all.


Reciprocally, I need the strength and wisdom of mountains and the fragility of blooming flowers to remind me of my place in it, to help me connect with my internal state.

I find fascinating how from afar or from up-close, there’s always a whole universe unfolding in a frame.


I remember spending an entire afternoon watching a spider building its web in my backyard. It was more than 20 years ago, that’s how much it moved me.


And that is where inspiration comes from.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

It’s a rhythm, like breathing.

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