Penny Olorenshaw



Digital imagery, florals, landscapes

  • Tel: 613-392-2011

Growing up in Canmore, Alberta, Penny was introduced to the arts at the nearby Banff Centre. Many years of dance study turned into an 18-year career backstage as a stage manager for several of Canada’s finest modern dance companies and schools. International dance tours gave Penny the opportunity to photograph many different subjects, from markets in Macedonia to villagers in India to architecture in Italy; with little formal knowledge of photography, her images served mainly as a way of documenting her visits and sharing her experiences with family and friends.

Realizing her love of taking pictures was stronger than her ability to capture what she saw, Penny completed several photography courses at George Brown College. In 2005, the purchase of a digital SLR allowed her to experiment freely and shortly after, she and her partner left Toronto for a beautiful farm in Quinte West. Their garden (and its animal and insect population) has featured in many of Penny’s images, as have local scenes in the Quinte region. One of her winter photos of Presqu’ile placed first in the 2006 Ontario Parks Photo Contest and was published in Harrowsmith Magazine.

Penny’s company, poloDesign, develops custom websites and provides a variety of graphic design and web services.

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