Davis/Dimock/Orrett – Dreams of Beans Café
Ian Davis / Sandra Dimock / Bob Orrett
M to F 7 am to 7 pm
Sat 8 am to 6 pm
Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Artists' Groups Statement and Individual Bios
This is the first exhibition by partners Sandra and Bob, and friend Ian. Interestingly, a common denominator is their focus on the minutiae of nature, empty spaces, and landscapes. Both Sandra and Ian are captivated by the incredible detail and brilliant colours of flowers. And Bob and Ian find beauty and serenity in observing and recording outdoor vistas.
Sandra Dimock has recently relocated to Peterborough from Toronto. Decades ago, she spent a year at Sheridan College in the Illustration program, and her passion for creating art has recently been re-fueled in the form of photographic manipulation. Her preferred medium is Photoshop; she takes her photographs and transforms them into digital expressions that explore painterly principles of design and contrast. For now, she is concentrating on pieces portraying flowers and paths in the wilderness.
Bob Orrett has loved photography and the outdoors all his life but it has only been in the last few years that he has combined the two interests. Although Bob calls Peterborough home, he takes his camera to wild and beautiful places on foot, by canoe, or by kayak. His favorite photographs are of the barren rock islands of Georgian Bay.
I started on 35mm film as a teen in St. Catharines. I tried learning the craft but I'm impatient and shooting with film requires patience. Thus, I stayed mostly in "snapshot mode". Fortunately, today's digital technologies has opened new windows for me.
I'm drawn to the brooding nature of B&W photography—the often obtuse subjects, the almost real but not quite—that's a real draw. But then again, I'm also very attracted the “small”, to bold colours, and landscapes that are almost painting-like.
(For the 3 decades now, my backyard has been the Trent Severn Waterway.)
I’m fairly new at this. Not so much at taking picture—I started on 35mm film as a teen in St. Catharines—but composing and thinking about what it is I’m shooting. I tend to be impatient (“really?” my wife might say); I’m always looking for the next shiny object. But film photography requires patience and so I stayed mostly in “snapshot mode”, never really discovering the art and beauty in photography. However, technology—digital photography, YouTube “how to” videos and channels, Facebook groups, and a “drone”—has opened new windows for me.
As I discover what subjects I most like to shoot, I’ve certainly reacquainted myself with black and white photography. Its moodiness, the subject’s often obtuse nature, the almost real but not quite (because the world isn’t black and white) . . . that’s a real draw. But then again, I’m also very attracted to the “small”, bold colours, and landscapes that are almost painting-like.
I work out of my home office in Campbellford (for the 3 decades now, my backyard has been the Trent Severn Waterway). I started up Birds-i Digital Imagery Services a couple of years ago and this was the direct link to finding pleasure and expression in photography. In the former, I take photos and videos for real estate and business. In the latter, I get to play and explore.