Sylvia Galbraith has enjoyed working with many mediums including clay, charcoal, watercolours 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.
Over the past few years, Sylvia has devoted more time to what she calls her ‘personal” photographs – images that have a deep connection to her inner being. She has shown this work over the past several years in various galleries and art shows, and has received several awards of merit. Her first solo exhibition was held in August 2011, at the Whitestone Gallery in Guelph. She is a member of Headwaters Arts, The Elora Arts Council, The Guelph Arts Council, and is a member artist with the Whitestone Gallery in Guelph.
Sylvia’s 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’ portfolios, and works for several well-known painters and sculptors.
In 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 well received and is in its third printing.
Sylvia 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 in Elora, F-Stop Cameras in Orangeville and at the University of Guelph’s Arboretum, and occasionally offers private instruction. She is also an instructor for the Conestoga College Commercial Photography program.
Samples of Sylvia’s commercial photographs can be viewed at her Silver Creek Photography website.