Noir/Chroma Spotlight: Leah Oates

Jan 3 – Feb 28 2019

Opening reception January 17 2019

Peter Dušek, Alan Dunlop, Susan Kerr, Kerry Hayes, Marlene Hilton Moore, Leah Oates

Large to Size, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Lily & Branch # 2 copy

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Lily & Branch # 2

What is your process?

I shoot with film with a 35 mm camera and a medium format camera and utilize different lenses with adaptors, light leaks and multiple exposures onto the film. I then have the whole roll of film scanned and I edit and manipulate the images digitally. From this process and I create artist books and photographic prints.
Do you see common themes in all of your work.

The common themes in my work are the intersection between nature and an urban environment, transformation and flux.
The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions and a continual human imprint. In everyone and in everything there are daily changes and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.
Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.

In your opinion, what makes an image powerful.

You know I’m really not sure what makes an image powerful. It’s something to do with composition, skill and the subject being photographed but these three aspects do not alone make a a powerful image. I think a powerful image gives off an energy and illuminates an aspect of life that becomes more apparent in the images which makes it powerful.

Emergence Spotlight | Adrian Oosterman

December 1-January 8 2018 | Opening December 7 2017 6-9pm

Emergence showcases the work of a group of photographers who are presenting new and exciting work. This is the second iteration of this exhibition in which four artists will be chosen to exhibit in Montreal in 2018.

Lindsi Hollend |Anna Borcherdt |Adrian Oosterman |Cat StambolicAndrew Persaud

Marlene Hilton MooreRaquel Moliterno


What is your process?

My past as a commercial photographer is sometimes an asset and sometimes a hindrance. An assignment creates focus. Lack of one invites creativity. Now I shoot without restriction and that lack of framework is a double-edged sword. Of course, there are also times when I’m pursuing a specific subject matter, like water, which is an ongoing visual passion of mine. I often go out to shoot with few expectations or assumptions. I walk around evaluating what’s there: the landscape, the light, the shapes — I’m especially drawn to graphic shapes. Later, I evaluate the images and identify those that share a narrative. Those narratives create collections.

As with the images from the collection “There are Spirits in These Woods,” I sometimes further manipulate the original shots to reveal the emotional component that was with me when I took them. Adding reflections is often my way to bring focus to unique aspects in the images.

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Advanced Alt Workshop


Bob Carnie/ Gum Bichromate

December 27-30 2017

1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

This workshop is aimed at those people who have a desire to learn in a welcoming atmosphere how to make wonderful permanent prints and have:

-Taken a workshop with us before

-Can show that they exhibit the right knowledge base to not slow down the other printers.

The goal of this workshop will be to make a series of 15×20 prints on paper that are multiple layered images, Gum over Palladium, Duotone Gum, or Tri Tone Gum Bichromate. Your choice of process and look rather than teacher directed.

We will stay with this image size to maximize workflow for the course of four days. This size is a traditional aspect ratio for portfolio prints.

The hours of this workshop are from 8 am – 5 :30pm each day with group dinners considered after each long day.

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Contact Photo Festival: A Foundation of Ash Q&A Pt 1

Will poster for website.jpg

April 17-May 13

Opening Reception April 27 6pm-pm


For his first exhibition as part of Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, St John’s based artist Will Gill travelled to wildfire locations in Canada to capture the aftermath of the events. Through staged photography, using props and the charred remains of the environment as backdrop, Gill explores aspects of darkness and hope, transcendence and the human condition.

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2017 Call for Submissions

The Dylan Ellis Gallery is seeking submissions for several group and solo shows in 2017.

As a rental gallery, we promote photographers in various stages of their careers with the hope that are able to successfully meet their goals. No commission is taken on sales.


Bob Carnie

Available shows and dates

Group shows

Each exhibition will be a curated eight person show. Each photographer will have five feet of wall space to showcase their framed images. Photographers can book more than one spot.

Spots are booked on a first come first served basis.

July 3-August 28 | Opening July 21 from 6-9pm

September 1-September 27 2017 | Opening September 7 2017 from 6-9pm

October 1-October 30 2017 | Opening October 12 2017 from 6-9pm

December 1-January 8 2018 | Opening December 15 2017 6-9pm

Solo Show

This space can be used to launch a new body of work or provide a more formal presentation for gallery’s and curators.

November 1-November 29 2017 | Opening November 9 2017 from 6-9pm

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Matthew Plexman: Clearcut Q&A Pt 2

November 2-30

Opening Reception November 10 6pm-9pm

Uncomfortably beautiful, large format panoramas of clear-cuts in Northern Ontario. Plexman presents these massively altered and rearranged landscapes not for what was taken away, but for what the loggers left behind, and how Nature reclaims and repairs the damage.


How did you start out photographing? 

When I was 11 years old, my sister gave me a plastic “Diana” camera for my birthday while our family was on a weekend camping trip to Pinery Provincial Park.  This was the start of my love for landscape photography- I had to go to the park gift shop twice to buy extra film.

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Emergence Spotlights Round 3

December 1-31

Opening Reception December 9 from 6pm-9pm

Emergence is a group show that showcases photographers that are either new to the Dylan Ellis Gallery, or have new work. The artists will be competing for a spot in a four person two week gallery show at L’Espace Contemporain in April 2017. A best in show prize provided by Henrys will be chosen by the public.

Brendan Meadows


Who or what inspires you

People inspire me on a daily level. There isn’t a day that passes that our existence here doesn’t fascinate or drive my curiosity. I’m especially drawn to the thumbprint of our time upon the landscape around us. As much as a portrait sitting can feel rewarding from the studio or location setting, I feel there those same principles can be reflected in a landscape or city environment. There is a much to say about your identity by how you live and go about your day, your interactions with the city around you and the place you call home. 
We are incredibly enthralling to watch and observe, never dull moment and a continual source of wonder for me as an artist. 

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Matthew Plexman: Clearcut Q&A Pt 1

November 2-30

Opening November 10 6pm-9pm

Uncomfortably beautiful, large format panoramas of clear-cuts in Northern Ontario. Plexman presents these massively altered and rearranged landscapes not for what was taken away, but for what the loggers left behind, and how Nature reclaims and repairs the damage.


What equipment do you use?

I use medium format Phase One XF camera bodies, with a 60 megapixel digital back and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses- some of the sharpest ever made. For my panoramics I have the camera mounted vertically on a Really Right Stuff pano head, and use either the Schneider 35mm or 55mm lens.  Generally, I capture at least 12 images, one every 15 degrees as I rotate the camera, resulting in a 180 degree view.

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