Myles Gallagher always had an appreciation for the arts. All of them, in fact.
But a life-altering moment — learning a few years ago that a close friend of his was diagnosed with inoperable cancer — really brought into focus the need to do the things he really wanted to do with his life.
“It got my attention,” Gallagher said. “Life is worth living.”
Among the things he realized during a self-assessment was his desire to seriously explore photography. Although he’s enjoyed it for years, Gallagher, a longtime Grosse Ile resident, decided to delve deeper.
The results have been pretty remarkable. Gallagher’s work has appeared in several exhibitions, drawing accolades both locally and nationally.
“I think you can describe it as abstract, in many ways,” he said. “But it’s also architectural. It all falls under contemporary.
“But really, I’m not going to let myself be limited or defined by one type of category.”
There’s one image in particular that currently stands out for Gallagher. “Untitled #1” is a stark black and white image of two vehicles on separate levels of a parking structure, as seen from a distance.
“There’s one vehicle on the fourth floor and one on the sixth,” he said. “But have they ever met? You don’t know, and it gives you something to think about.”
During his younger days, Gallagher was drawn in by various forms of art.
“In my youth, I studied music; during my teens visual arts and performing arts. During high school at St. Alphonsus (in Dearborn), my summers were enjoyed attending sessions at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp studying voice, singing, musical theater and choir.”
He also toured Scandinavia with the Blue Lakes International Choir, which he referred to as “the icing on the cake.”
Later, he explored his love of classical ballet and modern dance, studying at the American Dance Academy and at Western Michigan University.
At Western, that led to his work with the student art gallery, where he earned a gallery exhibitions internship.
“I need to share and express all the beauty I see,” he said. “The arts are powerful. Art can bring people together and change lives for the better. I love to share and need to express what I create because my work is piece of my soul.”
Gallagher just wrapped up a November exhibition in Wyandotte the Downriver Council for the Arts and has an ongoing exhibition with the Scarab Club in Detroit, wrapping up in early January. Currently, his work is part of an exhibition through Feb. 1 at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts.
Coming up in April and running through May 20, his work returns to the Scarab Club.
Some of Gallagher’s work also appears in a permanent collection with the Lear Corporation Innovation Center, located in Detroit. His work can also be seen locally at River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, plus at Blossoming Artists and Galerie Camille, both in Midtown Detroit.
To see more examples of his work, visit MylesGallagherPhotography.com.