Sylvia Galbraith has enjoyed working with
many mediums including clay, charcoal, watercolour and oils over the years, but
found that the limitations and challenges of photography inspired her more than
any other art form. She is now a recognized professional photographer whose
work sells worldwide. After almost twenty five years working as a full time
professional photographer, she has not lost her passion for the medium. She has shown her work over the past
two years at various venues, and has received several awards of merit.
client list is long and varied. Her experience as a news photographer taught
her to work quickly and anticipate fleeting moments, resulting in the capture
of brief expressions or actions to create an outstanding image. Her
editorial photographs have been published worldwide. She supplies stock images
of numerous subjects for use in publishing or advertising, with clients all
over the world, and provides art prints for business and individual
clients. Her photographs of local
scenery are constantly in demand among visitors. She also produces photographs for artists’ portfolio’s, and
works for several well-known painters and sculptors.
the summer of 2009 she published a book of her images of the Grand River
entitled “A Living River by the Door”.
The book has been very popular and is in its third printing.
has taught photography courses throughout Canada, including for the University
of Toronto, University of Brandon, MB and Humber College. She currently teaches a popular series
of workshops at the Elora Centre for the Arts, F-Stop Cameras in Orangeville
and at the University of Guelph’s Arboretum, and occasionally offers private
“I find that teaching others about my
craft is as rewarding for me as it is for my students. I often work on a subconscious level,
in a manner that involves thought without articulation. Teaching requires me to slow down and
examine my process, in order to be able to describe what I do. I learn more about my own work through
recent photographs are of the natural world, meaning natural light, whether the
setting is urban or wild. I use little or no manipulation after the fact,
determined to accept what presents itself to the lens, inspired by the
challenges and limitations of working with a camera.
My eye is
drawn to simple, almost severe overall patterns, inlaid with rich textures and
bold light contrasts. Trees,
water, soil and sky, elemental shapes that strike a chord with the viewer.
I find that
the natural world, photographed with a twist of perspective or framing gives an
other-worldly effect. The best of
these hints at a dream world not made explicit but which hovers near a
transposed horizon line or in a reflection more substantial than the world
intensely conscious of working in a photographic tradition that proceeds from
an undistorted human range of visual perception, tweaking but never completely
abandoning classic composition. I
strive for strong compositional “bones”.
pictures seem to obtain a spare, pared down look. Maybe, as in other forms of art, the more one leaves out,
the more a viewer will bring to the image.” – Sylvia