Laura has been involved in photography from a very early age. She remembers printing with her dad Al Paterson who over his lifetime recorded steam locomotives on film.
She watched him produce these images and when she was old enough travelled to train collectable shows with her dad and sold the images he made.
This was a strong influence and for the last thirty years she has photographed nature, children, street images in colour and her favourite Kodak black and white Infrared film.
Laura is also a trained chef and has worked in many Toronto restaurants and for private groups. This training has helped in her photography: making something from scratch and be able to pull the whole complexity together.
She also has worked over the years in many high end photographic labs and photographic studios and the combination of both cooking and photography principles is obvious.
In all her work we see her gentle nature, and her quirky eye for positioning and finding the right moment to expose the image. She processed all her film to her exact standards.
Laura’s work currently is in silver gelatin, usually small rather than big enlargements. This deliberate visual is a sign of her good presentation style.
Laura has embraced the toy camera and over the last 10 years has amassed a collection of colour work that is now being scanned. Digital negatives are made for her to make tri colour gum prints.