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Ian Cowling has been a Burlington, ON photoeducator and photographer for over 20 years. His extensive travels around the world have yielded images that reflect an acute sensitivity to a wide variety of cultures. While his work encompasses a broad range of subjects - from classic cars through landscapes and the people who inhabit them, to fabulous florals - it is his use of colour that captures the eye and gives his photos their strength, intensity and originality.
Currently, he accepts private students for individualized instruction in both photography and Photoshop.
His work can be found in private collections across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia
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Rain or shine at Oakville's Art in the Park - Monday, August 6th in Bronte Waterfront Heritage Park, at the corner of Bronte Road (Hwy 25) and Ontario Street
The Queen West Art Crawl - Friday, Sept. 14th to Sunday, Sept 16th in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto
Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival on Friday, Oct. 5th to Monday, Oct. 8th, 10 am to 5 pm at the Balls Falls Conservation Area, south of Vineland on Regional Road 24
Art in Action -a Studio Tour in Burlington - Saturday, Nov.3rd & Sunday, Nov. 4th from 10 am to 5 pm
“Lately I've been struck with how I really love what you can't see in a photograph.”
These two quotations would seem to be polar opposites, and yet they are the foundation for my love of photography.
I created my first darkroom at the age of nine and entered photography by throwing my first roll of negatives on the floor while I conscientiously developed the protective paper that surrounded film in the 1950’s. Correcting that misconception, for the next ten years I became enamoured of equipment and technique, while paying only scant attention to composition and concept.
It wasn’t until I printed a hastily-taken, underexposed photo of a casual acquaintance who had recently lost a good friend that I began to suspect that the previous decade had been largely wasted. In that one dark photo I saw pain and loss and endurance and hope. And at that point I started on my journey towards Ms. Lange and Ms. Arbus.
I am attracted to emptiness and I am enchanted by the tiny episodes of quotidian colour that go unnoticed as we pass by. I love big, shiny, bright things and I am captivated by the dull, bland and dreary. This hardly seems like a pathway to unity but it is a construct that allows me a tremendous sense of fulfillment. I hope I can share just some of that joy with each of you.
Thank you for visiting,
" The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
- Dorothea Lange
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