Born in Toronto, Ontario, 1961, Leesa
skills surfaced from an early age. She explored different creative interests
including fine art portraits in conté, watercolour, fashion design,
and commercial art techniques which progressed to digital typesetting/production
Missing the pencil in hand, she focused on her artistic education in 2002and
completed the Visual Arts Foundation Certificate from George Brown College
three years later. During this time, she majored in digital photography courses
and established her preferred medium. Obtaining instant results through this
medium intrigued her. This intrigue has led
Leesa to her most current body of work - illuminating flowers.
She wanted to make people look at a universally recognizable object in a
completely different way. This has been accomplished through lighting, depth
of field and focal points leading to an online gallery showcasing
her work. As she continues to develop her photographic skills, she hopes
people will appreciate the magnificence of what nature produces.
I try using minimal lighting, decorative and complimentary backdrops then
focus on certain shapes within the viewfinder. The process takes a couple
of hours to get one good shot because the creative juices take form once
the shutter gets going. Most of these shots are unexpected surprises.
In respects to digital, I use a Nikon D70 with a manual 105mm Micro-NIKKOR
2.8 lens. It produces images with less chromatic aberration than digital
under these lighting conditions. Very little photoshop work is done. Subtle
curve adjustments and sharpening. Otherwise, it's directly from the camera.
I also use manual settings, never auto. Adjust my white balance sometimes
but not all the time.