David Ellingsen, "Breakwater Railing," 2004, pigment ink on cotton rag paper.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Unveil the Night, Sept 9-Oct 2, 2004, Aion Gallery, Vancouver
By Beverly Cramp
The digital photography revolution doesn’t inspire David Ellingsen, a fine art photographer who uses a traditional Hasselblad camera. “I like working with materials and I like the imperfections that show up in film,” says Ellingsen who shoots in traditional black and white and then processes the film by hand. Ellingsen grew up on British Columbia’s Cortes Island and graduated from the Focal Point Visual Arts Centre in Vancouver in the fall of 1999 with an honours diploma in professional photography. Ellingsen says he had no intention of doing landscapes until he was influenced by San Francisco-based Michael Kenna’s long exposures taken during evening and dusk that he says, “leave you with a feeling.” Now, many of Ellingsen’s photographs encapsulate the coast of BC where he grew up. But portraiture is also part of his work including an ongoing project about transvestites called Gender Bender.
Represented by: Aion Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Also shows at: Onepointsix Gallery and Exposure Gallery, Vancouver, BC.