Martha Davis is a self-taught photographer, independent filmmaker, children’s book author and retired elementary school teacher based in Toronto. Currently she works with seniors, 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 since the summer of 2017. She has enriched the lives of over 350 seniors through the photographs, collages and calendars she has created.
Martha Davis also volunteers in two seniors’ residences as a Therapy Dog Handler with St. John Ambulance and visits three times a week with her dog Casey (pictured above.) She joined the “Circle of Excellence” (awarded by the Ontario Long Term Care Association) in 2019 in recognition of her “significant volunteer contributions.” Davis loves working with seniors and is quick to establish rapport with them.
Davis also creates “DREAM SCENES” with children and has photographed approximately 325 children in schools and daycares using the green screen technique. She has 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). As of 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.
A selection of Davis’ “DREAM SCENES” photos of seniors was exhibited in the Scotiabank CONTACT International Photography Festival in Toronto in May, 2019. Her solo exhibition, “DREAM SCENES: Seniors on the Green Screen” was at the #Hashtag Gallery in Toronto. In 2021, she is exhibiting again in CONTACT, virtually in the Gallery at the MNJCC, with 6 new images, from May 4th-June 30th. (https://www.mnjcc.org/visualarts). Davis’ work is currently available for purchase or exhibition through “Hello Art!” (https://www.helloart.com).
Excited Senior Participants at the Opening of DREAM SCENES, May 16th 2019