Derek Galon - M.A. (member of RPS, CAPA Canada)
Son of a musician – as a small child loved spending hours under his dad’s grand piano, listening as he practiced for his upcoming concerts. This powerful experience of real “surround sound” determined his life choice – the arts!
He studied classical music, and also photography – requisitioned the family bathroom to serve as darkroom. Already in his teens he was winning awards and exhibiting works, while simultaneously continuing his education and giving concerts. With university studies completed, he further pursued his professional career in the arts, arriving in Canada from Europe. He keeps photographing…and then, photographing…and photographing… (now for over 40 years!)
Along with his long-time partner Margaret Gajek (art historian, writer) he runs Ozone Zone Books publishing company. Their coffee table books full of Derek's vibrant photographs won several international awards and are distributed globally. He exhibits his art photography internationally, winning numerous competitions and also working for top international clientelle.
When it comes to fine art photography, he is trying to find beauty in our everyday surroundings. He uses amazingly vibrant colours as well as ascetic monochrome and his "signature" fine editing as means of exposing that beauty. In his portraiture it is easy to notice fascination with surrealism, but he is also a real "soul hunter" trying to expose real human feelings of his models. It is perhaps this ability which makes his works strike deeper, asking you to stop and think again, to open not only your eyes - but also your heart and mind.