A collection of photographs and mixed media works by photographer/filmmaker David Ellis.
There really is no “ordinary”. When we look closely, we can often see the extraordinary in what appears to be an everyday object, place, or even a moment viewed from a train window as it speeds along the rails. It is all about “seeing”, which is deeper than just “looking”. It is about taking the time to actually “see” the magic that is in things and moments all around us, all the time.
I use many “photographic tools”; Phone cameras, antique box cameras (from early in the last century, that STILL function with 120 roll film or as pinhole adapted cameras), Polaroid cameras, vintage super-8 film cameras and video cameras.
I construct my own cameras from tin containers or retrofitted hybrid cameras made by attaching box cameras to vintage Polaroid cameras,creating what is called “pinhole” or stenopeic photos, in which there is NO lens at all, but just a very thin sheet of metal with a tiny pin sized hole as an aperture, that allows light to enter, creating an image on photo-sensitive paper or film inside the camera.
My images capture the extraordinary in the simplest of subjects or fleeting moments and the experience of discovery and experimentation is equally extraordinary, exciting, and all magical…always full of surprises! Thank you for viewing my work. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I enjoy creating it!
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