The 100 / #72: Abigail Gossage

#72 Abigail Gossage Retired concert/opera singer agent Ottawa, ON, Canada

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    • I agree with you about the disposable and made the same comment (i am #60!) But i found that using a disposable made me think about composition, light, etc. more deeply than digital, which was a good thing. I may try it again just to see how I do the second time around :-) -- monette melanson
    • Photography is a large part of my life. This is my usual choice of camera (a Fuji S5 Pro with a 20 - 35mm lens) so being part of a project which allowed only a camera with no control was very instructive :) -- Abigail Gossage
    • A lot of time is spent in my car driving up to the country; gas is always an issue. I play games trying to figure out where to get the cheapest gas, usually I lose. -- Abigail Gossage
    • My country neighbours have a covered swimming pool which they very kindly open to all of us. They welcome even all the very loud boisterous grandchildren as they have none of their own. On the left, out of the picture, is a large garden bed in which are many, many roses although not in bloom at this time. A very wonderful shelter against the summer heat. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Country gravel road leading from my driveway over to the neighbours' place. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Typical cedar rail fence in the field across from my place. -- Abigail Gossage
    • My driveway and house in the country; it is called Dragonholme. -- Abigail Gossage
    • The Thursday morning coffee club. This group of women has a lawyer, an economist, a mathematician, a social activist and a couple of artists. Others come and go as they can. Conversations range from politics and the economy to the well-being of our grandchildren. -- Abigail Gossage
    • This week I flew to Russia with Studio 255 of which I am a founding member. We are a group of four women photographers who make periodic visits to European cities to document them as much as one can over two weeks and then produce an exhibition of digital fine art prints. This is a view of airport pedestrian movement at Pearson Airport in Toronto where we connected to our flight to Frankfurt. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Well it was a nice try but the camera could not deal with the bright light outside the plane. The view was spectacular but you will just have to take my word for it! -- Abigail Gossage
    • Oops - nothing like a black image! -- Abigail Gossage
    • Here we are in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was very exciting to see the domes of the Church of the Spilled Blood just a block away from our hotel. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Another view of the Church of the Spilled Blood. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Wonderful tile work on the Church of the Spilled Blood. In European terms, this church is actually not very old as it was built on the site of the assassination of Tsar Alexander in the 19th century. A fascinating piece of ornate exterior tilework that attracts tourists from all over the world. -- Abigail Gossage
    • St. Petersburg street view -- Abigail Gossage
    • I think this was an effort by my skilled photographer Studio 255 colleague who turn out to be just as inept as me in handling the disposable camera. It was supposed to be me in front of the Church of the Spilled Blood :) -- Abigail Gossage
    • Another oops with a teeny bit of the Church of the Spilled Blood. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Everywhere in the world one can find joggers and St. Petersburg was no exception. -- Abigail Gossage
    • St. Petersburg is often called the "Venice of the North"; this canal leads straight to the Church of the Spilled Blood. -- Abigail Gossage
    • My very favourite bridge in St. Petersburg; it sports two griffons at each end of this pedestrian bridge. -- Abigail Gossage
    • A major park in St. Petersburg just off the Nevsky Prospekt. Hard to see in this photo but there is a couple in period costume sitting on the bench - there are a number of these folk in the tourist areas of the city. -- Abigail Gossage
    • One of the wonderful aspects of Russian life I discovered were the numerous classes in art for young folk. There was an equal mix of boys and girls learning their sketching skills and it was a pleasure to see them out in the air instead of watching tv inside. -- Abigail Gossage
    • The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, now the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest in the world. -- Abigail Gossage
    • It is de rigueur in Russia for wedding photos to be taken in several photogenic venues around the city. We saw many couples in various places in both St. Petersburg and Moscow going from spot to spot. -- Abigail Gossage
    • We took a break one morning at a coffee shop in a superb bookstore on the Nevsky Prospekt. The coffee shop was on the second floor and afforded a terrific view of the Kazan Cathedral. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Corner view of the newly-restore St. Nicholas Cathedral. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Detail of St. Nicholas Cathedral -- Abigail Gossage
    • Church of the Spilled Blood -- Abigail Gossage
    • We then moved on to Moscow, a very crowded busy bustling city. Traffic was generally horrendous. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Moscow traffic on Bol'shaya Sadovaya with a view of one of the Seven Sisters at Kudrinskaya Ploschad. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Typical Moscow pedestrian crowds -- Abigail Gossage
    • Moscow has to have the most beautiful subway system in the world, very difficult to photograph with a disposable camera. This was our "home" station (Mayakovskaya) which was just across the street from our hotel. Very convenient. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Irina, a lovely girl from Belarus, who helped us so much with information and bookings. We took her with us as a treat on the river boat cruise. -- Abigail Gossage
    • The river boat cruise with Irina and my cohorts in Studio 255. -- Abigail Gossage
    • The Church of Christ the Redeemer; torn down on Stalin's orders in the 1930's to make way for a stupendous skyscraper it was rebuilt in the 1990's exactly as before. It turned out the site could not support the weight of the planned Palace of the Soviets which consequently was never built. -- Abigail Gossage
    • The space monument soaring into the sky -- Abigail Gossage
    • The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall - it was fun figuring out the posters which include Claudio Abbado, Mozart, Verdi Requiem and Bobby McFarren. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Believe it or not, this is Starbucks :) -- Abigail Gossage
    • My mistake (sorry Matthew!) this is the view from the back of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. -- Abigail Gossage
    • My error, this is the back of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square. So the photo is not out of order, (sorry Matthew!). -- Abigail Gossage
    • These photos are slightly out of order - this is the Church of the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg. -- Abigail Gossage
    • Moscow view of the Kremlin, Moscow River and Church of the Redeemer. -- Abigail Gossage

About Abigail

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I am a retired concert/opera singer agent who has taken up photography with a vengeance. I have eight grandchildren, four of them in my city and the others in Toronto.

What one thing are you most proud of in your 72 years so far?
Raising five children who still seem to be happy to see their mother.

What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
An exhibition of photographs in a New York gallery

What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Dream big and work to achieve that dream. I seem to have started late on that :)

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