Guillaume Gaudet started photography as a way to capture fleeting memories. Largely self-taught, he did not plan to become a photographer, let alone imagine that he could pursue it as a career.
After moving to New York, he fell in love with the city, which became a great source of inspiration for him to shoot on the streets. Guillaume’s favorite photographers and role models are Fan Ho and Elliott Erwitt, both well-known for capturing candid everyday urban street life.
“A perfect shot is a picture that you love and that you are happy to have that shot”
Guillaume thinks that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect shot’. Perfection, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. “In a studio, it is harder to be creative with the environment. Not impossible, of course, but more difficult. Outdoors, on the streets, you can play with the location and you have more freedom.”
New York is a great source of inspiration for many dream chasers and Guillaume has been based here for some time. He lives in Queens, and his multi-ethnic neighborhood consists of Latinos, Irish, Korean, Chinese, Romanians, and even Nepalese. It is this cultural diversity that makes up the New York flavor. This is the same for the New York way of life — there is no one way to live in the city but one thing is common: you have to work hard to survive, and you need to deserve your place.