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Sophia Lemon

Business Owner/Photographer, Photography for Ridiculously Happy People in Collingwood

More Than Meets the Eye


I recently had the pleasure of volunteering on a very special project with the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. The More Than Meets the Eye series features 10 portraits of people living with dementia and highlights notable stories from their lives well lived.

This presentation is all about my experience in photographing the participants, working with them and their care partners, hearing their stories. I’ll share more about how this project changed how I see and speak about people living with dementia, and how the project aims to help others see how there is much more to the participants and people like them.

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Photographic Eye

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 22, 2011

Gus has a passion for photography, and in this presentation he shares his "views" of the world around him, revealed through his photos. (in Portuguese)

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Ay, Eye, I, iPhoneography

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2013

Lulú De Panbehchi shows us how to pick one subject and use that to explore ourselves. In this PechaKucha she uses iPhoneography, sometimes with filters and sometimes not, to take photos of just her own eye. By doing this she explores both herself and her world during her journey through cancer and chemo.

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When Graphism Meets Words

@ VOL 11 ON DEC 02, 2015

Architect and artist Ciancio Alexandre collects forgiven clichés with no known history and transforms them into brand new collages. More than a graphic work, he tries to evoke and create new stories, new emotions. 

After a 20x20 in December 2013 about the dangers of creative ideas ( ) the humorous novelist, columnist and teacher in communication Francis Mizio has embarking on a perilous exercise : improvise his 20x20 from images created by an illustrator... pictures he has not seen before projection. This challenge will probably prove that ridicule kills... or not. This can also be fine. Or not. 

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Capturing More than Meets the Eye

@ VOL 2 ON APR 01, 2016

Wen Wen tells us how photography allows them to see behind the scenes of moments; how past lives affect the living; how passion is shown through actions and not words; how the journey with the camera brings surreal worlds to life.

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Making Knoxville Dementia Friendly

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

In this presention Angela Grant speaks about a grassroots movement to make Knoxville the first dementia friendly city in the US. Alzheimer’s and dementia are thieves…they steal memories, finances, independence, and relationships. Norm MacNamera of Torquay, England started this movement and it finally landed in Knoxville. The Purple Cities Alliance is working to make Knoxville dementia friendly through basic educational trainings, hospital bracelets and public events. They were featured in Parade magazine and that exposure caused other cities across the US to get involved and join the cause.

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Re-Thinking Dementia: Towards a New Culture of Care

@ VOL 5 ON DEC 12, 2016

Sally Hemmings volunteers with Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance and raises awareness by informing communities on how to understand this dementia and be more supportive towards people living with dementia and their carers.

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Why Portraits Matter

@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

"We should capture who we are at this moment."
In Why Portraits Matter from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 15, David Parish shares his decision to create portraits in a world of selfies and why portraits matter.  Utilizing his background in psychology to connect with his subjects, David brings new life to the art of the portrait.  His studio portraiture takes on a painterly quality while revealing the humanity of his subjects through a classical eye.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 29th, 2017. 
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More than meets the Eye

@ VOL 11 ON DEC 07, 2017

In the summer of 2013 Laura Gumpper had a once-in-a-lifetime experience living in Turkey for 2 months through the study abroad program at MSU. Since most people have a negative perception of the country as a result of what has been portrayed in the media, this speech will be a chance for all attendees to see the beauty of a country that is rich in culture and world history. 

Laura is currently an employee of Whirlpool Corporation and a proud member of the local Toastmaster International club. This event is her biggest step in her journey toward improving her public speaking, so she is very excited to be a part of Volume 11 of PechaKucha Night.

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An Architect's Eye

@ VOL 45 ON MAR 06, 2018

Architect Corbin Keech shares his impecible eye of details in the built environment.