Lily Pads by Gary Wessels-Galbreath
Gary Wessels-Galbreath has been capturing the world photographically since he was 12, when he owned a 110 Kodak pocket camera.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy (Seabees – Heavy Equipment Operator 3rd Class) Wessels-Galbreath began studying photojournalism as a means to documenting images in war-torn countries and in those areas where conflicts were presently occurring. After adding fine art studies to his repertoire, he finessed his attention upon the environment and landscapes, shooting primarily in black and white. Wessels-Galbreath graduated from Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Art and Native American Studies.
In addressing the environment, Wessels-Galbreath explored the significance of people – especially native peoples – to their surroundings, and he developed a multi-media slide presentation detailing the attempted relocation of Dine (Navajo) families by the U.S. Government, in areas where coal and uranium exploration was being proposed. He spent four weeks living with various families.
On another project, Wessels-Galbreath traveled to New Zealand, as part of a cultural exchange documenting Maori canoe families.
A graduate of Dayton High School before embarking upon a life of travel, Wessels-Galbreath says that, “After leaving the military, I came home, but after seeing so much of the world, soon found Dayton a bit too small for me – ironically, it’s the very reason I want to come back home.”
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