Tell me, where are you from and how did you get into photography?
Toronto. I think I was always taking photos in my head throughout my life, but I started using a camera a few years ago.
What drew you to street photography initially?
I started to consciously take street shots when I was going through a shitty time. I had just been diagnosed with testicular cancer, my life was kind of falling apart in various ways, and I felt lonely. And this writer I like said that when you’re at the bottom, you need to go amongst people. You can’t be picky at times like those, anyone will do. So I set out to connect more with people, and street photography seemed an interesting way.
I really like people. I think they’re funny, and tragic and pitiful, and uplifting and inspiring. And they’re strange. I think I am strange, and I think this whole process of living, and constantly eating food, and resenting our stepmom’s hairstyle choices, and buying flip-flops, and firm handshakes, and dedicating one’s life to tennis is very, very strange. So I started taking pictures and interacting more.
To me, your images seem like completely normal, everyday scenes, but not quite. Like there’s an element of mystery or something’s just a little weird or off and it makes you look twice and say – is this real life? What exactly is going on here? It really makes the imagination run wild and I love that about your photos. Is this how would you describe your street photography style? What are you trying to capture or what do you hope that your viewers see in your images?
I don’t know what other people see in my pics. I’m just trying to entertain myself to stave off existential dread, mostly. And I’m interested in what people do with their time, because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing with my time. I’m very much just trying to understand myself and what it means to be a human through others.
Where is your favorite place to do street photography and why?
My favorite place is the portuguese grocery store a few blocks away. It’s bad light, and I’ve never caught a keeper but the characters are spectacular!
What is your most memorable image or experience in street photography?
My memorable experiences are usually related to connecting with another human. But sometimes it’s about playing a game by yourself on the street that no one else is playing, or even knows about. Sometimes it’s about getting away with some mischief, and going places and doing things that you’re not supposed to. And sometimes it’s just taking a picture of a stupid looking dog. It’s the best.
What has street photography taught you?
It’s really opened me up to people again. Everyone thinks it’s so confrontational, but I’ve always had great interactions with people. It’s made me not be so closed off with those I inhabit the city with, and it’s made me feel more human.
Editor’s Note: To learn more about AICHE and see more of his work, be sure to visit his Flickr account. AICHE was selected from our Flickr group (Street Photography Magazine), where we regularly choose photographers’ work to be published in our magazine.