Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ALLY

It is rare to find someone born and raised and still living in the city of Toronto. Most people seem to be from other places. Ally Kamino is the exception. Standing in her gallery, she can almost see her family home in the Kensington Market area of Toronto.

Ally's family home was purchased by her grandparents in the mid 1950s and she has lived in this vibrant neighbourhood all her life. Ally is also a grand daughter of World War II Japanese internment camp residents. Both pairs of grand parents were in various internment camps in British Columbia but did not know each other at the time.

The third of three girls, Ally went to school for physical therapy and has been a practitioner since 1984. Always interested in photography and the arts, Ally got her first digital camera three years ago and became seriously interested in shooting after seeing the work on social media platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr. She is a partner in this quaint neighbourhood gallery which opened over a year ago. 

Skrim4Rent is a gallery/studio space which hosts painters, sculptors and photographers. It has also been used for artisan pop-up shops. Curated shows and exhibits cycle through the space as well, making it a busy place. The gallery's current show, Capture The Streets, is a photography exhibit featuring the works of six young people recruited by the organization, Jayu, lead by founder Gilad Cohen. Each exhibitor worked with a mentor and teacher and went through an intense two week programme which ended in the current exhibit in this Kensington Market gallery.

ALLY FUN FACT: A professional physical therapist, her colleagues and others rarely see the creative side of Ally's life. Her love of video gaming is being replaced with her creative outlets and photography.



PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

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