It was a Sunday afternoon when me and my girlfriend were walking on Stuart street in Dunedin aiming for the famous railway station building. On our way we saw a sign saying “Photo Gallery Open” and pointing into one of the old doors. We became curious and decided to come in. We came inside and saw old stairway leading to a mysterious place above us. Intrigued we climbed upstairs and entered the open door with the sign “Photo Gallery” (maybe it was a little different sign I don’t remember exactly). We came into an apartment and I was stunned by the photographs that were on the walls. There were different photographs – mostly black and white, but some in color, portraits and some landscapes… but they all had one thing in common: each photo captivated my attention for at least a couple of minutes. While we were staring at the photos I heard voices in one of the rooms.
We followed the voices and came into relatively small room, also full of stunning photographs. Two men were sitting there having a conversation. When we came in one of them, pleasantly looking man in his sixties stood and greeted us. It was Lindsay McLeod, photographer whose photos made such a great impression on me. He was very nice and talked to us about his photographs and photography experience. I take a great interest in photography, and therefore I had many questions to ask Lindsay. Then Lindsay gave us a tour of his working space and showed us more of his works. We enjoyed this short visit to Lindsay’s photographic gallery very much.
One of New Zealand’s main sources of income is tourism, hence there are many businesses that rely mostly on tourists, and among such businesses there are many photographers. I saw hundreds of photos from different photographers across New Zealand and I must say that not all of them were professional, not all at all! But the photographs of Lindsay McLeod touched something deep inside of me, and made me realize from within that they were real works of art. I wish him many more years of photography and health.
Thank you Lindsay for sharing your photographs with me!
P.S. If you would like to see for yourself the photography of Lindsay McLeod, please visit: Lindsay McLeod Photography