Becky Seymour Gatian has had a lifelong love affair with the Mississippi Gulf Coast and its natural wonders. Her mother went into labor while she was on a shrimp boat with her husband, so they docked the boat and walked across U.S. Hwy. 90 to the Old Biloxi Hospital where Becky was born on Feb. 29, 1960, a Leap Year baby.
The youngest of seven children, she’s spent virtually her entire life in Ocean Springs. Her first photography experience came as a senior at Ocean Springs High School, where she took a television production class at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She intended to major in broadcasting at the University of Southern Mississippi after earning an associate degree at MGCCC, but watching a deaf interpreter at a John Denver concert changed her career path. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education of the deaf and worked with the deaf community for more than 30 years.
She retired in 2013, bought a camera as her retirement gift, took one four-hour photography course and practices her craft every day, along with gaining insights and techniques from watching photography videos and reading photography blogs.
“I think being a teacher makes me aware that if I want to get the most out of my camera and all it’s built to do, then I have to become a student of that product – that’s how I’ve approached getting back into photography,” she explained.
Gatian’s love of the Gulf Coast is obvious in the works she’s displayed and sold at many local festivals and art sales.
“We are blessed to live in a beautiful corner of the world,” she pointed out. “I have such fond memories of growing up around shrimp boats and the seafood industry. Those were happy times, and I just want to share happy, peaceful and tranquil moments with others. Mother Nature is amazing – she has no expectations and she never complains.”
Gatian and her husband, Nick, have been married for 31 years. They have one daughter, Alyssa Acevedo, and one grandson, Nickolas. They recently purchased a recreational vehicle and plan to travel extensively and capture more photographic experiences.