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Toilography: Discovering the city, one toilet at a time

It started as a joke. Dan Schaumann, who runs the blog and Instagram account Toilography, wanted to see if people could be led to “like” pictures of potties online.

Blog, Instagram feed features photos of unique toilets in cities around the world

Dan Schaumann now has a lengthy list of bars, restaurants and cafes – and their toilets – to check out, thanks to Reddit suggestions. (Dan Schaumann/Toilography)

It started as a joke. 

Dan Schaumann, who runs the blog and Instagram account Toilography, wanted to see if people could be led to “like” pictures of potties online.

A thousand followers later, it has turned into a semi-serious pursuit. Schaumann now appreciates the finer points of washroom design, and the potential for toilets to mix art with business.

Toilography features photos of unique and creative toilets in cities around the world. Since moving to Montreal two months ago, he's dedicated himself snapping the best toilets our city has to offer. 

Toilets aren’t the most comfortable photographic subject. Schaumann says when he’s snapping photos, he pretends that he’s sending text messages to avoid odd sideways glances from strangers.

The Toilography project has proved useful, helping Schaumann to discover new cities, albeit from an unusual angle.

When he moved to Montreal, he decided to crowdsource suggestions for weird washrooms on web community Reddit.

Ideas poured in, and Schaumann now has a lengthy list of bars, restaurants and cafes – and their toilets – to check out.

The suggestions range from a brunch spot with a washroom resembling a nightclub to a bar where you can watch TVs in the ceiling while you go.

Listen to Dan Schaumann's interviewon CBC's Homerun:

Dan Schaumann, who runs the blog and Instagram account Toilography, wanted to see if people could be led to “like” pictures of potties online. Turns out, they can. 8:14

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