Julie Douglas is a photo-based artist in Peterborough, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2014, and previously studied Photo Arts at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Having attended high school at PCVS as part of the celebrated Integrated Arts Program, she was introduced to the darkroom and fell in love with the process. Despite the rise of digital, Douglas still primarily shoots film, with a preference for medium format.
The subject of Douglas’ work focuses on the beauty found in often overlooked, or off-limits areas. Abandoned buildings and spaces, and the anecdotes of past lives that can be found intrigue her. Having explored her first abandoned house in her early teens, Douglas has spent the last ten years examining the ephemeral and transient nature of spaces that were once occupied, and now are host to those just passing by. As part of her Fine Art Degree, she completed her thesis on abandoned houses throughout rural Ontario.
As an avid film-shooter, Douglas also volunteers on the board of directors for The Darkroom Project at The Gallery in the Attic, as well as provides lessons for those wishing to learn how to develop and print their own negatives. She is also part of the Little Red Hen artists collective.