Alberta Has Some Competition After Montreal Was Dubbed 'The Best Toilet City' For Photography
That's photography of toilets, not toilet-grade photography.
Everybody has that moment where they need to find a bathroom in a new city. One photographer has made it his mission to not just find them, but photograph them. Dan Schaumann photographs and curates photos of toilets around the world on his website, Toilography. He's even declared Montreal the best city for toilet photography in Canada.
"The best toilet city, I'm going to tell you right now, is Montreal," Schaumann told CBC News. His photographs, shared on his Instagram, prove his point. There are plenty of plain old bathrooms everywhere, but some Montreal institutions have made a point of making things more interesting.
Some of these toilets make visiting the bathroom more fun, such as the "disco toilet" Schaumann captured at Mazza, a Montreal restaurant.
Other Montreal toilets that Schaumann has captured would probably make people a little uncomfortable, like these urinals at Candi Bar.
Yeah, that just conjures up some images that most people probably would rather ignore while using a public bathroom. However, Schaumann also managed to find some great bathrooms at Cégep de Saint-Laurent, where the walls are coated with graffiti.
Schaumann has paid visits to bathrooms all over Canada and the rest of the world, but what would he think about places that are deemed the best bathrooms in the country?
Every year, Cintas awards the best bathroom in Canada, and the competition is stiff. However, what makes some of these bathrooms more intriguing is their location. One of the nicest bathrooms people have visited is actually in an Alberta gas station.
"People put in a lot of effort to make their restroom stand out and look interesting," Schaumann told CBC. "And ever since then I kind of made that realization I've tried to kind of focus more in that direction."
Currently, Schaumann is on the East Coast, cataloguing the toilets of Newfoundland. That includes the toilet at the bar where he was "screeched in," following the standard protocol for visiting Newfoundland.
He also managed to find a truly unconventional toilet that would be just perfect for anyone who really loves nature. Everyone else though would probably just want to skip it.
If anything, Schaumann's work is a perfect encapsulation of how anything can blow up on social media, even photos of toilets.