GAYE LEGGAT

About-Me         …has been pursuing her interest in photography since 1978 when she studied darkroom film development when living in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended workshops in the 1980’s with Freeman Patterson in Canada and Robert Stahl in Washington State. Life and work intervened, but during the past five years, Gaye has had the opportunity to turn her interest into the pursuit of a passion for capturing images that convey the power, precision, and perfection of a moment in time. That moment involves gesture and, hopefully, punctum.  Colour and light might play a role. Sometimes, black and white images can be more powerful. Technical knowledge is of utmost importance to Gaye but her focus has been on expressing and conveying her way of seeing and interpreting the world around her.

In recent years, Gaye has attended workshops at Vancouver Photo Workshops with Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Greg Gorman and Marc Koegel.  Many years ago she attended presentations by Art Wolfe, a professional photographer who lives in Seattle, Washington.  In March of 2014, Gaye attended a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Jay Maisel from New York.  That workshop at Santa Fe Workshops was a large step forward in her appreciation of Light, Gesture and Capturing the Moment through photographic approaches.  In November of 2014, Gaye was invited by Jay Dusard to attend a landscape photography workshop in Death Valley, California, that he was leading with Bruce Barnbaum.  That photographic experience was a life-changing event.  It lead to a second journey to that area with Marc Adamus in March of 2015.  Through those years, Arthur Meyerson, with Santa Fe Workshops was a guiding force in lectures and workshops in Cuba and Mexico on The Colour of Light.

Gaye is an avid photographer and thinks in terms of the essence of the image, the power an image can hold and focus on intent.  She has been in a mentorship program with William Mebane for 18 months and with his educational guidance is on a journey of pursuing her passion for a creative life. This involves reading, solitude, finding inspiration, pursuing photography for intrinsic rewards and finding the extraordinary in the everyday surrounding us. Gaye is finding that her photographic subject matter changes over time and presently is working on several personal projects. She has visited Cuba three times in the past two years and is compiling images for a book while also pursuing a project on Aging and Family. Gaye and her husband traveled to Scotland in the spring of 2017 where they followed a path of discovering roots and ancestral heritage and that experience forms a basis for another project titled, Valley of the Earn. As a result of her continued study with William Mebane, she is building a foundation of knowledge of the history of photography, the work of other photographers over the years and applying creative practices in her daily life to further her own personal projects and goals.


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