Interview with Jeff Potvin
I’m Jeff Potvin, a member of Inverse Collective. I spent the majority of my childhood in a small town named Dolbeau-Mistassini (You can translate it as “where people go to die” ), in the north of the province of Quebec, in Canada. That makes me a French Canadian, an idealist, and a happy pessimist… I am now living in Montreal, and my wife and I are planning to travel as much as we can in the next couple of years.
As we’re all living in a stressful and constraining environment, I try not to limit myself when it comes to what I photograph. Everything can be shown if it’s taken with the right angle. Even though I studied graphic design and fine arts, I don’t really have a complicated artistic approach. I just shoot what I find significant. I have an awesome family and pretty good friends, but a solitude spreads out from my pictures and I find it peaceful in a certain way.
Everywhere, but mostly the streets of Montreal. I don’t consider myself a “street photographer”. It just happens that I walk a lot so it’s what I see.
I always bring a camera with me, so I document my life in general. I really like to shoot at night. I should do it more often… I began photography many years ago, but I have taken it more seriously in the last 4-5 years.
When I was a kid I was fascinated by my family pictures and the old Nikkormat my father had at this moment. I always felt something precious about photography, and I think that it naturally led my life to it.