David Bacque only recently wandered into becoming a digital artist. Trained as a professional geologist, he found himself laid-off from a major oil company in 2015. With his first baby on the way and a crumbling geology job market in Alberta, he was apprehensive about what his future would hold. A year after his first child, Benjamin, was born, David became a full-time stay-at-home dad. Coincidently, he was also the owner of a new (used) camera and an Instagram account. David casually began to share his experience as a doting, emotionally exhausted, and somewhat isolated, but always a funny father with his small Instagram following.
By 2017, casual Instagram-ing no longer interested David and his analytical and innovative mind craved something more stimulating to portray his “life with benjamin” experience. David delved into the world of photoshop and video editing, teaching himself (in the evening) how to use the programs through YouTube and blogs. Soon after, he began creating surreal, photoshopped images and videos of his fatherhood journey. With increasingly interesting photos and relatable comedy, David’s Instagram following grew.
By early 2019, all of David’s “lifestyle” images had been taken over by increasingly complex photoshopped images and professional quality videos of his daily dad experiences. By this time, David was actively being sought out to generate social media content for brands. He was rapidly increasing his photoshop and videography skills, as well as heavily leaning into his right-brain, something he wasn’t used to doing as a scientist. Oh, and he became the father of two!
David’s initial creative passion stemmed from his desire to advocate for the rarely heard of and highly underrepresented stay-at-home father. He actively contributed to articles, campaigns and generated abundant social media content supporting and highlighting fathers’ importance as primary caregivers. More recently, though, David has become a genuine artist, driven to create beautiful, captivating, and amusing images we can all relate to. We are all waiting on the edges of our seats to see where his imagination (and highly skilled photoshopping) will take him next.
What ‘hood are you in?
My family and I live in the inner city, north of downtown, in Mount Pleasant.
What do you do?
I am a digital content creator. Meaning, I make photos and videos for myself and various local and national companies.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on an image that captures my son’s recent desire to learn skating. Also, working on a new marketing campaign.
Where can we find your work?
My work can be seen on my Instagram page @Life_With_Benjamin.