Portrait: Author and occupational therapist Wendy Davis

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 12, 2010 in lighting, photos, portrait |

Retired occupational therapist Wendy Davis poses for a photo in her home in Edmonton on October 17, 2010. Davis’s book Dal & Rice was published last year about the five years she spent in India as a Child. Photos by Ryan Jackson for Rehab Impact Magazine

I had a wonderful time making these portraits. Instead of saying “cheese” for the camera she said “thank you”. So as I took her picture she kept saying “thank you…thank you….thank you…thank you….” It was so cute!

The tree photo was made with the Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift lens, the others were made with the 85mm f1.8 and the 50mm f1.4.  I only used a 40×60″ gold reflector and the sun for lighting.  She told me stories about her travels and we ate bread with cheese and curried spread.


Lynn Swedberg
Dec 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Greetings! I am trying to contact Wendy M Davis for permission to use parts of a book she wrote in the 1970’s that is long out of print. Can you forward my query to her and hopefully she will contact me personally. The book is Aids to make you able, and I want to use some of her ideas for a collection of Do it Yourself low-tech gadgets that will be shared at the AOTA conference and elsewhere. I will give her credit for her work. I still use the comb handle extension idea frequently. Thanks so much for any help you can give me. Sincerely, Lynn Swedberg LMSwedberg@comcast.net

Jan 2, 2013 at 9:46 am

Send me an email. Contact at the top of the page.

Erwin DeSa
Sep 22, 2015 at 12:52 am

I was dumb founded after reading a review on Dal & Rice. My dad, Bruno DeSa a barrister was a good friend of Sir Godfrey Davis when he was in Karachi. My dad was the Registrar of the High Court Of Sindh in Karachi and was an avid lover of exotic birds. This hobby led to a long friendship with judge Davis. When I read a judge Desaar from India wrote a teary letter to Sir. Godfrey Davis I was stunned, could it have been my dad, Bruno Joseph DeSa who wrote the letter? My guess is that it must be because my dad always lamented of how the justice system declined rapidly in Karachi, Pakistan after the British left. The problems became worse for us non-muslims in Pakistan that by 1975 my family immigrated to the USA.
Can you please forward this e-mail to Ms. Wendy Davis. She must have met my dad. Thanks

Imtiaz Malek
Jul 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

I just read your book, Dal & rice. My favorite dish by the way, I am a Gujarati and now living in Toronto. I thought your book was wonderful and took me back to simpler social times, although times of great upheavals and history. I spent nearly 30 years in the UK as well, and can easily see the kindness and behavior of the people in the 60s that is no longer there.
I would also agree that partition of India did not do anyone any good. Wars and suspision between two of the same people.
wonderful book. I take it fill me with memories I did not experience but still seem very familiar.

Nov 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

I have just read this book Dal and Rice, loaned to me by a friend. What a lovely memoir of
a time in a different world…then…………….

kind regards to author





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