Hamilton photographer Paul Simon joins Beyond the Valley Studio Tour

Community Apr 20, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

A restaurant proprietor in Italy is very likely completely unaware that he inspired Paul Simon’s second career.

A photograph the former dentist snapped in Orvieto over 15 years ago features the unshapely proprietor clad in white with a vivid red kerchief around his bulbous neck. He stands in front of a statue of an equally flabby chef, also dressed in red and white.

Entitled Waiting for the Lunch Crowd, the photograph hangs proudly in the Simon family’s kitchen.

“That’s the picture that got me into the art of photography,” said Simon. “Someone remarked on the colour and composition, and suggested I do more of it.”

Simon was born in Hamilton, and studied dentistry for seven years before setting up a practice in Dundas. His career was cut short in 2000 due to a back condition. Simon wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold until he purchased his first camera.

“I think I learned just by doing,” he said. “We started to travel and went to Italy. I studied a lot of art, baroque and Renaissance, and learned about esthetics and colours simply by studying a lot of great art.”

Simon’s themes are diverse — from the old world charm of Tuscany to the wonders of Hamilton and natural beauty of Killarney, Ont.

Simon, however, does admit to a particular fascination with windows.

“I like lighting and reflection, things that have aged, paint that has chipped away and things in wood,” he said.

He is also known for his distinctive panoramic views. Using a tripod, the self-taught photographer takes multiple images, stitches them together in Adobe Photoshop, mounts his work on canvass and frames it in Canadian basswood to produce an eye-catching expanse.

For the second time, Simon will join the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour, scheduled for May 27 and 28. His work will be on display at the studio of lampwork artist Sandra Greenwood at 26 Brock St. S. in Dundas.

Simon is once again looking forward to the experience.

“I like to see members of the Dundas and Hamilton communities, and some of my former patients,” said Simon. “And I love talking about my work. When you do something, you are not ever really sure how it will take with other people.”

Through his association with the tour, Simon follows in the footsteps of his 94-year-old mother, Myra Simon, a potter who was acquainted with all four founding members of Beyond the Valley.

Hamilton photographer Paul Simon joins Beyond the Valley Studio Tour

Dundas dentist pursuing second career

Community Apr 20, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

A restaurant proprietor in Italy is very likely completely unaware that he inspired Paul Simon’s second career.

A photograph the former dentist snapped in Orvieto over 15 years ago features the unshapely proprietor clad in white with a vivid red kerchief around his bulbous neck. He stands in front of a statue of an equally flabby chef, also dressed in red and white.

Entitled Waiting for the Lunch Crowd, the photograph hangs proudly in the Simon family’s kitchen.

“That’s the picture that got me into the art of photography,” said Simon. “Someone remarked on the colour and composition, and suggested I do more of it.”

“I studied a lot of art, baroque and Renaissance, and learned about esthetics and colours simply by studying a lot of great art.”

Simon was born in Hamilton, and studied dentistry for seven years before setting up a practice in Dundas. His career was cut short in 2000 due to a back condition. Simon wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold until he purchased his first camera.

“I think I learned just by doing,” he said. “We started to travel and went to Italy. I studied a lot of art, baroque and Renaissance, and learned about esthetics and colours simply by studying a lot of great art.”

Simon’s themes are diverse — from the old world charm of Tuscany to the wonders of Hamilton and natural beauty of Killarney, Ont.

Simon, however, does admit to a particular fascination with windows.

“I like lighting and reflection, things that have aged, paint that has chipped away and things in wood,” he said.

He is also known for his distinctive panoramic views. Using a tripod, the self-taught photographer takes multiple images, stitches them together in Adobe Photoshop, mounts his work on canvass and frames it in Canadian basswood to produce an eye-catching expanse.

For the second time, Simon will join the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour, scheduled for May 27 and 28. His work will be on display at the studio of lampwork artist Sandra Greenwood at 26 Brock St. S. in Dundas.

Simon is once again looking forward to the experience.

“I like to see members of the Dundas and Hamilton communities, and some of my former patients,” said Simon. “And I love talking about my work. When you do something, you are not ever really sure how it will take with other people.”

Through his association with the tour, Simon follows in the footsteps of his 94-year-old mother, Myra Simon, a potter who was acquainted with all four founding members of Beyond the Valley.

Hamilton photographer Paul Simon joins Beyond the Valley Studio Tour

Dundas dentist pursuing second career

Community Apr 20, 2017 by Debra Downey Dundas Star News

A restaurant proprietor in Italy is very likely completely unaware that he inspired Paul Simon’s second career.

A photograph the former dentist snapped in Orvieto over 15 years ago features the unshapely proprietor clad in white with a vivid red kerchief around his bulbous neck. He stands in front of a statue of an equally flabby chef, also dressed in red and white.

Entitled Waiting for the Lunch Crowd, the photograph hangs proudly in the Simon family’s kitchen.

“That’s the picture that got me into the art of photography,” said Simon. “Someone remarked on the colour and composition, and suggested I do more of it.”

“I studied a lot of art, baroque and Renaissance, and learned about esthetics and colours simply by studying a lot of great art.”

Simon was born in Hamilton, and studied dentistry for seven years before setting up a practice in Dundas. His career was cut short in 2000 due to a back condition. Simon wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold until he purchased his first camera.

“I think I learned just by doing,” he said. “We started to travel and went to Italy. I studied a lot of art, baroque and Renaissance, and learned about esthetics and colours simply by studying a lot of great art.”

Simon’s themes are diverse — from the old world charm of Tuscany to the wonders of Hamilton and natural beauty of Killarney, Ont.

Simon, however, does admit to a particular fascination with windows.

“I like lighting and reflection, things that have aged, paint that has chipped away and things in wood,” he said.

He is also known for his distinctive panoramic views. Using a tripod, the self-taught photographer takes multiple images, stitches them together in Adobe Photoshop, mounts his work on canvass and frames it in Canadian basswood to produce an eye-catching expanse.

For the second time, Simon will join the Beyond the Valley Studio Tour, scheduled for May 27 and 28. His work will be on display at the studio of lampwork artist Sandra Greenwood at 26 Brock St. S. in Dundas.

Simon is once again looking forward to the experience.

“I like to see members of the Dundas and Hamilton communities, and some of my former patients,” said Simon. “And I love talking about my work. When you do something, you are not ever really sure how it will take with other people.”

Through his association with the tour, Simon follows in the footsteps of his 94-year-old mother, Myra Simon, a potter who was acquainted with all four founding members of Beyond the Valley.