About The Work
I come from a background of close association with, and sensitivity to, the rural environment. My photographs are a personal attempt to come to terms with the overwhelming environmental degradation we are witnessing. I’m intrigued about human nature and how we choose to continue on a path to a very difficult future when we are wise enough to do otherwise. This series is grounded in our Western consumer culture and it’s far-reaching implications, particularly as it relates to conservation and environmental responsibility. Bringing together the elements of Man and Environment, the intent of this body of work is to provoke, to challenge; to question when, and if, our seemingly blunted instinct of self-preservation will overcome the entrenched, destructive cultural norms inherent in a globalized world.
WHAT TYPE OF PAPER IS THE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON?
All prints are Digital Pigment prints on museum-quality acid-free papers such as Museum Etching, Canson Rag and Arches Velin. These papers are designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades 200 years old. The choice of paper is suggested by the Photographer according to his or her preferences.
WHAT IS THE PRINTING PROCESS USED?
All prints are Digital Pigment Prints using the latest top of the line technology, archival high dynamic inks and 200 years old life paper.
IS THE IMAGE SIZE THE SAME AS THE PAPER SIZE?
NO! Our prints are on standard paper sizes and we don’t alter the image size and proportions to fit the paper. Each print has a minimum of 0.5 inch white border. This is an artistic decision that belongs to the artist. Margins don’t normally exceed 2-4 inches on each side depending on the final paper size.
David Ellingsen is a photographer and environmental artist creating images of site- specific installations, landscapes and object studies that speak to the natural world and Man’s impact upon it. At its core David’s work is motivated by the challenges of sustainability within contemporary Western culture.
David has been exhibiting his work since 2001 within commercial and public galleries in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, the Dana Farber Cancer Centre at Harvard University and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and have been shortlisted for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Book Award, awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and First Place at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles.
David is also recognized for his advertising, corporate and editorial photography with a client list that includes the Business Development Bank of Canada, Time Inc., Enbridge Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation along with Men’s Health, People, Marie Claire and the New York Times magazines.
Originally from Cortes Island, a remote community of 800 residents in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, David was raised on a small family farm surrounded by forest and ocean. His photography is rooted in this rural upbringing, which emphasized the importance of pairing quality with practicality, people with the environment and the individual with the communal. These values continue to inform his working life.