“My Vision” – Collected Works of Steven Leitch

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao
Shirley Zhao is currently an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She consults and teaches workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices. She supports evidence retrieval and synthesis, including literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley also consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. Her interests include data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

Steven LeitchThe Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, welcomes back the photographic work of Steven Leitch, formerly of the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, Medical Graphics Department.

Please join us for the Artist’s Reception on Thursday, February 11 at 11:30am-1:30pm in the Library’s Art Gallery area.

Over two years ago, he was the second artist to display his work on the walls of the newly remodeled lobby of the Library. His work then, consisted primarily of Utah landscapes. In his current exhibition, Leitch broadens his repertoire to include images outside of Utah, still-lifes, seascapes, ghost towns, landscapes and an assortment of images quite different then his traditional exhibits.

Half the fun in photography is to look at something ordinary and see if I can find an angle, an aspect or color, that if photographed, would make an interesting image to take. I rely on how I feel when I get ready to shoot, if it feels good, I press the shutter, if not, I move away and look for something else. I have a lot of images that I really like, even though others might not. I shoot for myself, and hopefully, others will see it like I did when I captured the image. When that happens, it’s magic.”

 Leitch retired from the University in 2013 after 37 years while simultaneously serving in the United States Army Reserve. He retired after 40 years as an Army photojournalist, Editor, and public affairs specialist. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Photography from Weber State College.

He is currently serving as a Service Missionary Photographer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. He is a curator of the West Jordan City’s William Schorr Art Gallery and a member of the West Jordan City Arts Council.

When he is not photographing for the Church or arranging an art exhibition for the Schorr Gallery, he writes poetry and short stories and is a board member of the Utah State Poetry Society.

Steven and his wife, Deanna, live in West Jordan and is the father of three children and the grandfather of three grandboys.