Picturing the world through her lens


Cece Scott's photography is on display at Apple Annie's Cafe in downtown Orillia.

CECE SCOTT/SUBMITTED Cece Scott's photography is on display at Apple Annie's Cafe in downtown Orillia.

When Cece Scott received her first camera as a gift for her 'of a certain age' birthday, it was not exactly epiphanic. Not having had much experience in taking photographs, she wasn't quite sure what to with her new and relatively expensive single-lens reflex film camera.

Fast forward a few years and several photography workshops later, in iconic locations like Martha's Vineyard and Key West, and the art of making photographic memories had definitely clicked for Scott. In fact, travel writing and photography became her great passion, opening up undiscovered borders, a host of thrilling, heart-pumping adventures and front-page visibility in travel sections and glossy magazines. (Palm Beach's Society of the Four Arts Gardens, Florida, featured one of Scott's photographs on the cover of its yearly calendar.)

Some of Scott's outsized adventures include hiking the Inca Trail in the Peruvian Andes, across Dead Woman's Pass and into the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, interviewing the mayor of Key West (who had a "Jimmy Buffett for President" hat displayed in his office), on both the city's storied architecture and its vast breadth of famous writers, painters and playwrights, including Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire), painter Mario Sanchez and, of course, the Parrot Head himself, Buffett.

Zip-lining blind in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest, Scott found the only way she could land on the next platform in the sky was to do her best to direct her zip line to the voice of a tico yelling, "Hola! Hola!" through the vaporous formations. Climbing onto a float plane's pontoons, with a new hip and cane in hand, was a definitive and adventurous way for Scott to see Haida Gwaii's spectacular archipelago. And, sitting atop an Australian four-foot ocean curl in a kayak with her paddle nowhere near the water is a picture forever engrained in her long-term memory bank.

In Toronto, Scott's photographs have been a part of Scotiabank's Contact Photography Festival, with exhibitions at the historic, 19th-century Victorian Gladstone Hotel, Steam Whistle Brewing and New Orleans Seafood and Steakhouse. Her photographs are held in private collections across Canada.

Her new photography exhibit, Picturing the World, is now up at Apple Annie's Café on Mississaga Street.

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