Darvin gallery opens

Darvin Ebanks has seen a lot of the world as a seaman, diver and adventure tourist. But his favourite photographs are the ones he has taken right here at home in Cayman.

Darvin gallery opens

Photographer and gallery owner Darvin Ebanks holds one of his works before handing it over to Consuelo Ebanks. The picture shows her with Prince Edward, who is studying a copy of The Southwell Years, the book Consuelo compiled and presented to him during his visit in November 2004. Enjoying the banter are (from left) Suzan Merren, Consuelo, Darvin, John and Katie Ferguson and Viviene Braham. Photo: Carol Winker

At the opening of his gallery, ‘To the Edge of the World’, on Saturday night, Darvin offered advice to viewers who admired the vivid freshness of familiar scenes.

‘Take time to look around,’ he urged. ‘There are plenty of things to see in Cayman.’

Darvin’s approach to a landscape or home site, for example, is to enjoy the atmosphere of a place, then let details catch his eye. By focusing on some unexpected element, he gives the whole scene a new perspective.

The results are part of his display, which features local underwater and terrestrial subjects, historical photographs he has restored and images from his travels.

His opening exhibit contained 44 photographs of varying sizes, all mounted and framed. A viewer may purchase any picture off the wall or request a copy unmounted or in a different size.

Darvin says people will like a certain subject, but want it presented in a way that suits their home or office. He can fill any custom order for sizes that range from eight-inch by 10-inch, 11×14, 16×20 or 34×44.

In addition to photographs on display he has dozens more in a file book viewers may choose from.

Darvin took up photography as part of his scuba diving career/hobby. His underwater subjects range from a 12-foot shark to reef creatures measured in millimetres.

He has also captured events of historical significance in the last two decades. One of the highlights of the gallery opening was Darvin’s presentation of a photograph he took during the visit of Prince Edward in 2004 shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan.

The gallery is located at 90 School Road, just a few minutes walk from Harbour Drive. Darvin lives in the same building, so he is still tweaking his hours of opening. He may be contacted at 929-7181.

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