Toronto, ON, Canada
Daniel Fast is a Canadian based photographer whose fascination with the image began with exposure to the fleeting moments of beauty created by cinematographers. A films ability to construct every nuance and detail, and rendering the audience submissive, profoundly appealed to him.
While attending an art school, Daniel was given a rangefinder camera from a painter in residence. It was then that he truly began looking at his surroundings through a frame, with the intention of seeking out the beauty in simple compositions.
Photojournalism and documentary photography was where he found the inspiration for conveying this real world beauty. Daniel started exploring neglected urban spaces, with their quiet yet powerful sense of having once been useful, only to have fallen ill at some time. Using the rangefinder and Polaroids was gratifying as it enabled him to travel light, and work quickly.
A few years later he landed a position working in a photo lab and printing house in downtown Toronto. This gave him immediate access to a large amount of photographic work being produced locally, and a greater sense and understanding of the production of photography.
Daniel Fast continues to explore notions of isolation, beauty in the mundane, and the presence of absence in his photographic work. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at OCAD University, and lives in Toronto, Canada.