Susan Dobson Exhibition Orleans Campus

Linhof 4x5, circa 1946, 2014, digital C-print

Viewfinder opens at the Ottawa School of Art Gallery Orleans Campus

Ottawa, ON (September 8, 2015) The Ottawa School of Art Orleans Campus is proud to present Viewfinder, photography by Susan Dobson, from September 11 to October 18 at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Gallery on the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans. Reception &artist talk takes place on Sunday, September 27, talk from 12pm to 1pm and reception from 1pm to 3pm. All welcome!
Viewfinder consists of large-scale photographs of water, digitally overlaid with scans of ground glasses used in historical large-format photography. Ms. Dobson is particularly interested in the unique marks that the photographers made on their ground glasses as they composed their photographs. She incorporates these marks in her own compositions, using them as viewfinders within the images.

This show has a personal connection for Susan, who spent her formative summers in Nova Scotia and has deep rooted memories of looking out at the water and taking in her surroundings in a slow-looking meditative process. In a climate that is presently characterized by the almost instantaneous making of digital images, the ground glasses of these view cameras and the process of making 4×5 negatives is a reminder to look slowly and appreciate the passing of time.

Susan Dobson has an MFA from the University of Guelph and has had shows throughout Canada, the United States and Internationally.

For more information on the Ottawa School of Art Orleans, its instructors, classes and Fall program visit or call us at 613-580-2765.

Ottawa School of Art Orleans campus Gallery located in the Shenkman Arts Centre
Free Reception. All Welcome! 245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans ON. K1E 0A1

For more information please contact Nadine Argo, Gallery Coordinator, 613-580-2765 or

UntitledArtist: Susan Dobson
Title: Viewfinder
Work will be on Display: September 11 to October 18
Reception: September 27, from 1 to 3
Artist Talk: September 27, from 12 to 1

The Viewfinder series consists of large-scale serene photographs of water, digitally overlaid with scans of the ground glasses of historic large format cameras.