Hi, I’m Leya!

Inspired to feel a deeper connection with the world, I am driven to actively create. Establishing a professional photography business in Calgary, Alberta, while continuing to build on my Fine Art practice, makes me grateful for the opportunity to bring together communities through visual storytelling.

An explorer at heart, I have travelled extensively throughout my life, always eager for what is yet to come. Southeast Asia, being dearest to my heart, has made me realize that no matter your background, we are all family with knowledge to share and compassion to give. I find a great sense of humility in travelling and am continually filled with a sense of wonder and awe at the ever-changing surroundings. Using the lens as my tool to piece together diverse elements, I find photography to be a potent medium for building a bridge between cultures.

What makes you passionate about supporting CDD?
I am specifically interested in Bangladesh as it is situated in a unique geographic and economic position. Affected by rising sea levels as a result of climate change, Bangladesh is facing environmental disaster, encompassing large areas of inhabited land being affected.

These environmental and economic conditions severely impact the disabled communities, who are most at risk. CDD raises awareness of the problems facing Bangladesh and provides viable solutions. They focus on providing strategic emergency evacuation planning, help the disabled to find employment and provide access to goods and services. Photography can be a valuable tool in sharing these stories. It can motivate people to act and provide much-needed assistance. I strongly support the work of CDD and believe their efforts result in tangible and positive change.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

After returning from my first journey to India, my photography became a powerful tool of communication. The images provided a profound perspective, that words alone could not achieve. Through these images, people gained a better understanding of foreign cultures. I believe that photography connects on a beautiful, emotional level, that it can ignite a call to action. My professional photography skills will aid the CDD to tell a more complete story of the situation and achieve their goals of further benefiting society.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

I am deeply committed to helping the CDD and the people of Bangladesh. Any support or donation that you make will be greatly appreciated and go a long way. Only together, can we make a significant change in the lives of the disabled in Bangladesh.