Images from a photo essay by local photographer and artist Linda Marie Saunchegraw are being showcased at the North County Transit Center in Ferguson, Missouri, giving visitors and transit riders an opportunity to experience the power of this medium.
“This selection of photographs evokes a sense of calm and serenity, a welcome change to the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life,” said David Allen, Director of Metro Arts In Transit. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to showcase Linda’s work and share these stunning photographs.”
Saunchegraw lives in Ferguson, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Arts from Webster University. Her work has been published in American Photos, and she was a first place winner in the American Dairy Council’s ‘Mile Mustache’ contest. Saunchegraw also received the Purchase Award from the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas, where her work is part of the center’s permanent collection.
While attending Webster University, Saunchegraw had the opportunity to study abroad at the university’s campus in Vienna, Austria. She composed photo essays of her travel overseas, and the collection of six photographs being featured at the North County Transit Center are from her experiences in Europe. The collection will be on display until the end of June.
“I went all over Europe,” she said. “Of all the countries I visited, my favorite was Ireland. I photographed whatever grabbed my attention, whatever spoke to me. I loved capturing faces, of people who really had a lot character, who had stories behind their faces,” she said.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 80 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.