Doré Vorum
Impressionist Photography

As a small child Doré remembers being taken to the Louvre and other wonderful museums by her great grandmother, where she learned to enjoy art in a strictly visual way without today’s incessant headset narrations and curator descriptions. She feels this has helped her learn to see and appreciate art in its raw form, just as it is, without the narrative or the history or anything beyond what is there on the canvas. This is the way Doré uses her camera to view the colors, shapes, textures and reflections around her. It doesn’t matter that a particular emerald sliver of light captured in her lens is actually part of a silvery Chicago band shell. It is the sliver of light that is her story. By using her lens like a brush, she tries to paint the dancing light and skipping colors that are the canvas of the world.

And Doré has been photographing the world!  She loves to travel and meet new cities, soaking up their unique architecture and particular light. Many of her projects have focused on usual suspects like Chicago, San Francisco, London and New York, but some of her best known works have featured a wider range of locales from Oslo, Norway to San Antonio and from Washington to New Orleans. Doré is currently featuring San Diego, Seattle and Seward, Alaska in her latest Libraries Project and of course the streets of Philadelphia are always on the scene. Her love of intersecting angles and shimmering rooflines turns into obsession when capturing certain features and architectural forms.  

Over time her photography has evolved into the abstract using long exposures, zooming in to focus on details or a swiping motion to capture what she sees. She has become known for creating in-camera images that are no longer recognizable. Though minor post editing adjustments are made, she stays as close to the original image, always intent on retaining the feeling and essence of why she was drawn to the scene in the first place. Her personal and spiritual journey has led to a style she calls Impressionist Photography.

Doré is an award winning artist whose works have appeared in numerous shows and juried events including multiple shows at the Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition and the Philadelphia Sketch Club where she won a Bronze Metal. Her pieces have graced the halls of Doylestown Hospital, corporate office lobbies, as well as private collections. She is even licensing her images to be reproduced on colorful artistic yoga mats. Doré has shown numerous times at the at local galleries including a two person show titled Authenticity and Dream highlighting Dore’s special gift of visualizing what she calls the ‘essence’.