Jim Babbage and Stephanie Lake – Elmhirst’s Resort 2023
Jim Babbage & Stephanie Lake - Relative Vision
Mon to Sun: 8 am to 8 pm
On weekends, call ahead to ensure access to the gallery.
Meet the Artists
Saturday, April 8
11 am - 1 pm
Cousins through marriage, Jim and Stephanie had two very different photographic career paths. Where Jim was a commercial studio photographer and photography professor who now focuses primarily on landscape and nature photography; Stephanie is an accomplished portrait, wedding and news photographer, her love of the natural environment just as powerful as Jim’s.
In their mutual exhibit, Relative Vision, both artists experiment with their own unique perspectives of the world around them. These images may be local to the Kawartha region or captured elsewhere around the globe. Regardless of locale or subject matter, Stephanie and Jim hope the depth, passion and storytelling within each image resonates with viewers in their own unique and personal way.
I fell in love with photography just over 4 decades ago. The summer before I started journalism school, my father gave me my first 35mm camera as a graduation present. It was a simple 35mm film camera; it didn’t even have a built-in light meter! I didn’t care because an entirely new world had just opened up in front of me. A world where I could share what I saw and how I felt.
After college, my passion to share knowledge and make photographs led me to long-lasting careers in those areas as both a college professor and creative professional. Several years into my professional photographic career, I launched Photoshop for the first time and once again, a new world opened to me. I became immersed in the world of digital, and soon began designing for the web in addition to taking photographs, teaching and writing. I loved the control that digital cameras and tools gave me over my vision.
Photography is as much therapy for me as it is a creative outlet. In recent years, our #FortressofModerateSolitude on Rice Lake has been an inspiration for me.
I’ve been fortunate over the past few years, having several of my images sell through physical exhibits like Spark as well as through stock photography services. Knowing that someone is willing to part with their hard-earned income to take home one of my works gives me a true sense of satisfaction and joy.
My dad loved taking travel photos. He bought me my first camera as a young teen and from then I saw the world through the lens. I realized photography was going to be my profession when I started taking photos of moments with strangers, friends, animals and anything that looked good to me.
I was lucky enough to be given a break in my late teens to freelance for the North York Mirror. This was invaluable to the start of my career, as I had to learn how to photograph just about everything from hockey to events indoors to portraits.
My professional career over the last 40 years has included many clients with much of my work for Canadian Press Images. As a freelance event and portrait photographer, I never had to take a break from my passion.
Travel photos for me can be a step away from the house or a car or plane ride away.
My travels in the last 3 years have been focused on close to home and Kawartha cottage new to us. I’m so glad to have to opportunity to be re-inspired by the years of travel from local camping to Europe and Alaska and share my memorable views.