Martha Davis is a self-taught photographer, independent filmmaker, award-winning children’s book author and retired elementary school teacher based in Toronto. She has worked with both seniors and children, empowering them to fulfill their dreams, virtually, through the magic of green-screen photography. Davis has run her “DREAM SCENES” programme in seven different seniors’ residences and Long Term Care Homes and in many different schools and daycares since the summer of 2017. She has enriched the lives of over 350 seniors and 450 children through the photographs, collages and calendars she has created.
Davis has also self-published six books for children of text and photographs using green screen and has won two Writers’ Awards from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario for her children’s books. Check out her TROLLOGY: Three Books about Trolls who Long to Belong at https://www.blurb.ca/b/6886879 or If Pandas could Talk: Conversations with Animals at https://www.blurb.ca/b/5732408.
Since August, 2020, Davis has been running an after-school enrichment program for kids aged 6 to 9, and created an Animal Alphabet book with one of them using green screen photography and collage. In the summer of 2022, she will be running “DREAM SCENES” Photography Camps for kids!
A selection of Davis’ “DREAM SCENES” photos of seniors was exhibited in the Scotiabank CONTACT International Photography Festival in Toronto in May, 2019 and again in 2021. Her solo exhibitions, “DREAM SCENES: Seniors on the Green Screen” were at the #Hashtag Gallery in Toronto and virtually in the Gallery at the Miles Nadal JCC. Davis’ work is currently available for purchase or exhibition through “Hello Art!” (https://www.helloart.com).
The 2000+ photographs she has made with children are in their hands, decorating fridges, bulletin boards and bedroom walls all over Toronto.
Excited Senior Participants at the Opening of DREAM SCENES, May 16th 2019