Through her photography, Leah Denbok's mission is to help humanize the homeless and draw attention to their plight.
Leah has been taking photographs since she bought herself a used Canon EOS Rebel T2i from a local hockshop in the summer of 2012. Inspired by the work of British photographer Lee Jeffries, she has been concentrating on high-contrast portraiture. One of her photographs was awarded first place in the Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts Juried Art Show. She was recently the subject of a mini-documenary that aired on CBC’s ‘The National’ about her photography and stories of people experiencing homelessness. Leah is thankful for the mentorship of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. When Leah was only 14 Joel wrote of her that, “She is well on her way to becoming not just a good photographer, but a great photographer. And I’m not kidding. The veteran Toronto photographer, Mike Jordan, wrote of Leah that she is an “emerging superstar”, while well known Hamilton-based street photographer, Alex Zafer, calls her a “mega talent.”
Photography has seen many changes in technology and when I first started the Digital Group some 25 years ago “digital photography” was new. Back then it made sense to distinguish the group’s name from the well established “analogue” image capture and darkroom processing as the medium was an exciting new way for photographers to create their imagery. But nowadays using the digital medium has become ubiquitous for photographers so we’ve decided to drop the “Digital” designation in preference for “Explorations” as that is what we’ve been doing for the last 25 years through the Digital Group... “exploring” photography (regardless of the medium). So we will continue our “explorations” of photography in all its many facets, as we’ve done over the last 25 years... but now the group will be know as the “Explorations Group”.
Tues. Sept. 17th - “Everyday Nature Photography”
Our first meeting of the year will be an exploration of shooting nature subjects in an informal way. I’ll be looking at everything from equipment and camera settings to what to look out for in the photographic approach.