Our Through the Lens interviews offer a never-before-seen view of our favorite communities. This time we Look Through the Lens with Ali Inay as he captures the rural beauty of Saint-Hyacinthe.
Photography isn’t just a way for Ali Inay to take in and reflect his vision of the world. The art form has become his way to travel, discover new places and connect with people from around the globe.
Inay grew up in Turkey and since both of his parents are veterinarians, he spent the first seven years of his life in rural areas. Although Inay often focuses on architecture in his photographic work, nostalgia for his childhood returns strong when the Montreal resident spends time in St. Hyacinthe.
“It’s an agricultural city,” he explains. “It brings back memories from that time when my parents used to bring me to little villages [to check on the farmers’ animals].” He also fell for the area’s extensive public gardens, including the themed gardens of the Garden Daniel A. Séguin.
We checked in with Inay to find out the role photography continues to play in his life, and to learn more about his most cherished spots in Saint-Hyacinthe and the Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel.