Patrick Ellis

Photography

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I’ve long drawn inspiration from the Depression-era Group f/64 photographers and their ethos of “straight” or “pure” photography.

With the advent of powerful digital editing tools, I thus held back from their use, as I was bothered by the too-often cheesy exaggeration they encouraged. I gradually came around to using them to lightly tweak sharpness or color balance, but only in service of presenting a straight shot. 

Then I took a phone shot through a grimy airliner window of western Nebraska croplands amid tortured ridgelines. I loved the abstract quilt feel of it, but it was washed-out, fuzzy, low resolution, and utterly hopeless. There was no way I could keep it a straight shot, but I played with it to see what I could pull out. By the time I was done it had become a painterly abstract, and despite my attitudes, I absolutely loved it.

While I continue to do straight shots, often inspired by Edward Weston’s classic California landscapes, I now also pursue abstract and painterly pieces, with digital manipulation and selective cropping to remove context and present a mystery to the viewer.

I’ve little formal training in photography, and only worked in photography in my late teens as a darkroom tech for a giftware catalog. I am now inspired and learning from the many very talented local photographers I’ve come to know and admire since moving to Gualala. 

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Studio Tour Hours:

August 28 & 29 September 4-5
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Labor Day Monday

Directions to Studio 19 at  36000 S. Hwy. 1, Gualala. On Hwy 1 at mile marker 3.83, a half-mile north of St. Orres on the west side of the highway (immediately north of Serenisea).

Contact:

Web:  patrickellisphoto.com

Email: paddy.e@gmail.com

Contact artist for size, pricing and shipping information.

Directions to Studio 19 at  36000 S. Hwy. 1, Gualala.  On Hwy 1 at mile marker 3.83. We are ½ mi. north of St. Orres on the west side of Hwy. 1 (the property immediately north of Serenisea).