A picture paints a thousand words

Picturesque: "When I exhibit my work it's about expressing an idea or concept to people so they can connect with it," Catherine Leung said. Picture: Meg Francis

Picturesque: "When I exhibit my work it's about expressing an idea or concept to people so they can connect with it," Catherine Leung said. Picture: Meg Francis

Catherine Leung has had a deep, long-time passion for photography.

The skill seems to run in her family with her dad being a hobby photographer.

“My dad’s influence is what initially got me interested in photography in the first place,” she said.

When the Parklea resident finished high school she went on to complete a bachelor of visual communications.

When she landed her first job as a digital image retoucher she discovered it wasn’t what her heart desired.

“I really wanted to be taking and creating photos rather than touching them up,” she said.

The mother of three is now a glamour photographer and decided two years ago to explore digital art photography.

“My work focuses around the human condition and the central themes include love, loss and our desire to connect to something higher than ourselves,” she said.

“This style of photography has become more of my focus recently. It allows me to be more creative, which is what I really enjoy and love.”

Mrs Leung has her current photographic exhibition on display at the Dennis Johnson Library in Stanhope Gardens.

“A lot of the images in this exhibition are spiritual and each photo has a story behind it,” she said.

“The photographs are based on the humans desire to connect with something more.”

I believe that everybody has this inner desire to be connected to something more than themselves. - Catherine Leung

The photo artist has been coming to the library and the Leisure Centre for the past eight years and said it’s pretty special to have an exhibition on display at a local space.

Each photograph was taken at different times and later individually selected to be part of her exhibit.

“I had a vision of what I wanted to achieve and had to organise photo shoots at different locations with different models,” she said.

“It can take up to six months to complete one piece of art. It requires a lot of co-ordination with the model, make-up artist and location, plus completing the piece digitally.”

Last year she exhibited her works in the Manning Bar at the University of Sydney for the Verve exhibition, in the Open Mind exhibition in Fitzroy, and in the St Michael’s Week exhibition in Melbourne.

  • Mrs Leung’s exhibition will be on display throughout April and she is happy to sell her pieces. See her work at catleung.com.
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