Ian Cowling

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I created my first darkroom at the age of nine and entered photography by throwing my first roll of negatives on the floor while I conscientiously developed the protective paper that surrounded film in the 1950’s. Correcting that misconception, for the next ten years I became enamoured of equipment and technique, while paying only scant attention to composition and concept.

It wasn’t until I printed a hastily-taken, underexposed photo of a casual acquaintance who had recently lost a good friend that I began to suspect that the previous decade had been largely wasted. In that one dark photo I saw pain and loss and endurance and hope. And at that point I started on a journey to integrate concept with content.

I am attracted to emptiness and I am enchanted by the tiny episodes of quotidian colour that go unnoticed as we pass by. I love big, shiny, bright things and I am captivated by the dull, bland and dreary. This hardly seems like a pathway to unity but it is a construct that allows me a tremendous sense of fulfillment. I hope I can share just some of that joy with each of you.

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Ian Cowling has been a Burlington, ON, photographer and teacher of photography for over twenty-five years. His extensive travels around the world have yielded images that reflect an acute sensitivity to a wide variety of cultures. While his work encompasses a broad range of subjects – from antique cars through landscapes and the people who inhabit them, to fabulous florals – it is his use of colour that captures the eye and gives his photos their strength, intensity and originality.

His images can be found in private collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia & Australia.


Sitka Ripples
sized: 12 x 18; 16 x 24 – Available – Editions of 100 printed on Hahnemühle archival paper using archival inks.

Wild Rice
sized: 12 x 18; 16 x 24 – Available – Editions of 100 printed on Hahnemühle archival paper using archival inks.

Aspens Cloaked in Crimson & Gold
sized: 12 x 18; 16 x 24 – Available – Editions of 100 printed on Hahnemühle archival paper using archival inks.

Pebble Beach
sized: 12 x 18; 16 x 24 – Available – Editions of 100 printed on Hahnemühle archival paper using archival inks.

Crossing Saskatchewan
sized: 12 x 18; 16 x 24 – Available – Editions of 100 printed on Hahnemühle archival paper using archival inks.