By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter
The Wallaceburg and District Museum is currently displaying the photographs of Kathryn and Dave Parent, a husband and wife photography duo from Chatham, Ontario.
The couple publish their photographs under the name “Photography by Phos 3”.
They have won several photography contests, been published in magazines, and have sold photos globally; all of this has increased their international notoriety.
“We were both born with cameras in our hands,” Kathryn told the Sydenham Current.
“My parents and I always had cameras, and vice versa. Dave and I decided to take it a bit more seriously when we met. Photography by Phos 3 has been running, in earnest since about 2010… in the last 10 years, we really made a concerted effort.”
Kathryn added: “It was about two years back, when I saw a posting on Facebook from the museum. They were trying to get artists to have exhibits. I didn’t do anything that year; last year I don’t really know how that came about. I think we were asked, at a show.”
The couple’s photograph collection features a display of abandoned houses, lighthouses, weather shots, specifically of storms, and anything else that has “caught their eye” during their careers.
“Last year was the first year we’ve done a month at the gallery, and everyone was really nice,” Dave told the Sydenham Current.
“We chose to go for canvas, just to have something different. We’ve had a couple of canvas prints before, but this is the most we’ve ever done. We’re just trying to do something different and show different mediums. Then we see how they turn out.”
Kathryn said they had chose canvas prints “just to change things up.” She said they sell many prints with the matted black background as well.
“The canvas just has a flavour, that’s really cool,” she added.
During their gallery opening on January 10, Kathryn told an admirer of her work, that “Phos is the Greek word for light, and without light there can be no photography.” All photos will be on display and available for purchase at the Wallaceburg District Museum and Art Gallery until February 7th.
The Parent’s explained their inspiration for their pieces, as well as their focuses.
“I think our storm photography is something we really love, as well as weather,” Dave said.
“We also like architecture, and abandoned buildings. We’ll just get in the truck, and drive around, capturing whatever catches our eye.”
Kathryn added: “In the summertime, we’re mainly focused on the weather… the storms. We’ll head down to ‘Tornado Alley’ in the spring. We chase storms locally here, because we have some really good ones, some doozers. In the winter we pick a road and travel down it, to see what we see. We track down eagles, eagle’s nests. We have 30 documented Eagle’s nests from London to Windsor. A couple of them, we’ve gotten to see the eaglets grow, and adults mate.”
Entry to see the “Photography by Phos 3” collection is free.
Entrance into the museum to browse all the exhibits is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors or $7 for families.
The Museum is located at 505 King Street in Wallaceburg.
Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We have a lot of interests,” Kathryn added.
“A lot of people know us for our weather photos, but we have a lot of diversity in our work.”
The Parent’s can be contacted through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well through their website, phos3.com, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.