André Gallant stumbled upon photography at dawn. His first camera provided a diversion from the family’s garbage collection business. A weekend job as a nightclub disk jockey put him on the road home just as the sun was coming up. Alone with the mist rising in the dawn light, he began learning how to see beautiful pictures.
Thirty years later, his “good eye”—and the light—has produced a world traveling professional photographer. As his friend and teaching partner Freeman Patterson says, the Saint John, N.B. based Gallant “lives the adage that anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
André often tells people he’s retired; for him, photography is so enjoyable, he hardly considers it work. He relishes getting up at 5:00 AM to capture the early morning light, or to venture out in winter when most of the mercury is near the bottom of a thermometer; it’s what keeps him so excited as a photographer. He delights in seeing what most don’t get a chance to see, either around home or when travelling abroad.
Ever since his first job photographing for Destinationsmagazine in 1990, André been traveling to far-flung places on shooting assignments, or photographing for his own files. When not travelling, he takes pictures on a regular basis in and around the Saint John area. With the Bay of Fundy at his doorstep, the Saint John river close by, and the beautiful Kingston Peninsula half an hour away, it’s impossible to get bored.
André teaches Photography Workshops in New Brunswick with Freeman Patterson. He also conducts all day seminars in Canada, the U.S.A., the United Kingdom, as well as New Zealand. He is the author of the photography books: Arctic moments, Innovation, Inspiration, Expressionism, Dreamscapes, Destinationsand Photographing People at Home and around the World. He is a regular contributor to Canada Cameramagazine.