Through My Lens: Bertrand Exertier’s Montréal

Originally from France, Bertrand started calling Montréal home 9 years ago, about when he started to develop his budding passion for photography into something special: an Instagram account full of cool and calming images of city scenes featuring lots of beautiful green spaces mixed with architectural impact. What he manages to capture most uniquely is Montréal’s laidback lifestyle.

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Bertrand says a key to his aesthetic is that he’s never lost that tourist perspective, even after nearly a decade here. To this day he remains amazed by the views in Old Montréal and downtown, by the cool cafés and the pretty Plateau houses. His pictures communicate a simple joy for life: people smiling, chatting, cycling and generally enjoying themselves.

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When he’s not clicking pics, Bertrand works as a head researcher on Julie Snyder’s TV show. In his free time, you might catch him sipping a latte at Maman in Griffintown, his recent favourite, or in one of his other hot spots: the stunning Crew Café, in an old bank, SSENSE café or Le Tommy. He loves walking around the Old Port and in the Botanical Gardens, especially during fall when there’s the Gardens of Light lantern festival. He likes to jog in Maisonneuve park, hike up Mount Royal, shop at Atwater Market and watch the sun set from atop Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

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During his Instagram takeover, Bertrand will bring us along as he captures his unique version of Montréal – through the eyes of the eternal tourist.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s eclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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