Martha Davis

Martha Davis is a self-taught photographer, independent filmmaker/videographer, award-winning children’s book author, therapy dog handler and recently retired elementary school teacher based in Toronto. She has screened her films and exhibited her photographs nationally and internationally since 1979 and her short film Reading between the Lines was nominated for a Genie. It and her feature-length film PATH are available for streaming on vucavu.com.

In 2014 Davis discovered green screen photography; her early efforts were with her grade 2 and 3 students, creating and publishing books together. She began writing and photographing her own children's books and was twice awarded the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Writer's Awards (2013, 2017). Upon her retirement from teaching in 2017 she had the inspiration for DREAM SCENES and began working with senior citizens. She has photographed over 350 seniors in a program which she has developed for seniors' homes.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

In "DREAM SCENES", Davis works with seniors, empowering them to fulfill some long-held fantasies, virtually, through the magic of green-screen photography. Seniors can go wherever they wish and do whatever they please; they are collaborators with her in the act of creating the photograph. Some look back at a place/event beloved to them from their past, while others look forward to an adventure they've never had. Whichever they choose, 92 is the new 29!

Davis exhibited her DREAM SCENES photographs at the Contact Photography Festival in a solo show in Toronto, May 2019. Several of these photos were also published in PhotoEd magazine (spring/summer 2018). Davis is available for bookings at seniors' residences throughout the GTA.