Instagrammers, whether you like it or not, are some of the most impactful photographers of our age. We wanted to get to know the personalities behind the cameras, so we reached out to a few phone photographers who have been capturing their own unique beauty. These individuals have been hard at work shooting some of Montreal’s best sights, from dawn until dusk, across our city’s diverse landscapes.

Francis Duval @francisduval is an urban planning student and a professional eater. He love walking in cities, dark coffee, magazines and architecture. He takes pictures of all that, mostly with his iPhone.


Q: What are your favourite Montreal spots and why?

A: I really love the Marché Jean-Talon and its neighbourhood. The crowd is nice, most of my favourite restaurants are there. I love the Mile-End for the stores, cafés and the houses. I recently re-discovered the Old Montreal. Wandering in the streets there is a free trip to Paris. Walking on the docks in the winter gives a nice perspective on both the river and the city.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetQ: What’s your favourite time of day?

A: It depends of the season. In the winter, I like mornings, but in the summer and autumn, I love the end of afternoon and beginning of evening. It’s all about the light. I don’t really like spring.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetQ: What’s your favourite season?

A: Winter.

Processed with VSCOcam with a1 presetQ: What’s your favourite instagram filter?

A: I stopped using Instagram filters in 2013, but Ludwig seems pretty good. Back in 2012, I was all about Valencia and Amaro. I sometimes use Lux and the other editing tools.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetQ: When did you first start taking photos and how has it affected your life?

A: I started using my parents’ film camera when I was maybe 13, and I eventually bought a entry-level Nikon DSLR. I’ve always loved picturing cities, building, streets. When I was in cegep, my school and my job were in a one kilometre radius from my house, so I had less opportunities to take photos and let photography aside.

When Instagram came out, I found inspiration from a lot of photographers and designers and architects. We were all using the same tool, the iPhone. It made me understand that the camera doesn’t count that much, and that I can photograph whatever I like, even though it’s a rainy Monday morning and it’s an ordinary bungalow in Ahuntsic. Since then, I haven’t stopped taking photos and I improved my style. It’s a love story. I had a few contracts on Instagram and I’m working on having more!

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetQ: Who is your favourite instagrammer?

A: Choosing only one Instagrammer over the world is a tough question. There are so many talented people. @chrisconnolly has been an inspiration for more than three years. I just love his style.

Follow @francisduval on Instagram!