KATHY ROUSSEL: "SPAO means being part of a family"

Kathy Roussel (photo by SPAO graduate Olivia Johnston)

Kathy Roussel (photo by SPAO graduate Olivia Johnston)

Kathy Roussel greatly valued being part of the SPAO community: Being a SPAO student means becoming part of a family of photographic artists,” said Roussel, “where every member is there for the purposes of learning about photography, developing their photographic vision, and perfecting their craft, all in a very collaborative environment.”

Kathy remembers learning an incredible breadth of skills at SPAO: “I came into the SPAO environment with little to no knowledge of analogue photography, darkroom printing, studio lighting, Photoshop … I learned an immense amount in every aspect of creating a photographic image”

Kathy greatly valued how each student was urged to develop a unique viewpoint:The teachers were incredible in mentoring us and guiding us even though we were all different … whether you’re a studio photographer, a lover of alternative processes, a mixed-media artist that incorporates photography in their art … it doesn’t matter there, and I think that’s fantastic.

Since leaving SPAO, Kathy has explored studio portraiture almost exclusively and still uses her Mamiya RZ67 from the SPAO years as her primary camera. “Although I work mostly on my personal art, a few recent successes include photographing musician Craig Cardiff for the cover of his Juno-nominated album “Floods and Fires,” and being a winner of Black & White magazine’s Single Image contest in 2013 and 2014.”

www.kathyrousselphotographs.com
 

Portraits by Kathy Roussel

Portraits by Kathy Roussel

Portrait by Kathy Roussel

Portrait by Kathy Roussel

Portraits by Kathy Roussel

Portraits by Kathy Roussel