Issue Three Feature: Elizabeth Gadd | Photographer

Issue Three - March 2013

Elizabeth Gadd

Who are you and what type of creative are you? 

I'm Elizabeth Gadd, 20 years old, born, raised and currently and living in Vancouver, Canada.  I'm a portrait/landscape photographer.

How did you get interested in photography?
About 7 years ago my dad let me use his digital point-and-shoot camera so I could have fun taking photos of... well... everything.  But mostly photos of my pets (whom I love a little too much).  I was instantly hooked, and a camera has rarely left my hands since.  For a few years I just took photos of every little thing I found interesting, from flowers and candles and icicles, to dogs and birds and wildlife, to lakes and mountains and sunsets.  It became evident over time that my favourite photographs involved nature and landscapes.  Then, about 3 years ago, I realized that in order to really grow and improve as a photographer, I'd have to step out of my comfort zone.  So I ended up doing a project of taking a creative self portrait (something I had previously been nervous about) every single day for a year.  By the end of the year, I came to greatly enjoy portraiture, and not only that, but I still had my love for nature/landscapes, so I started combining the two types of photos.  Thus my own style was created!  

Do you plan to make photography your career or are you interested in doing something else?
That would be the dream, to make photography my career.  We shall see where opportunities lead me!

Where do you get your inspiration? 
I get my inspiration from looking outside, going for walks, watching the sunset...  The area around here is so beautiful, filled with mountains, forests, lakes and ocean. It really doesn't take much for me to take one look at the scenery and feel inspired to keep photographing it.

What images are you most proud of and why? 
Attached are some of the photos I'm most proud of.  I like to to think the viewer can look at these photographs and hopefully feel some of the emotions each person in the photographs felt... Mostly a sense of awe and peace.  Some of the most up-lifting moments in my life were those spent enjoying the peaceful silence around me while taking these photos.  In these moments I found it easy to let my thoughts flow freely, allowing me to just... be.

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