Hi, my name is Darren Ellis, and I’m a photographer focused on urban and rural scapes.
A Quick Story
My relationship with photography began with my father, who has spent a lifetime capturing the world around him. I recall many moments of him hunched over some detail or asking strangers for their portrait. It was embarrassing then, but I found myself doing the same thing years later. I had caught the bug.
Today, my style and drive to shoot are influenced by those times, just as my subjects of choice are influenced by my youth in Arizona. I spent a lot of my time outdoors observing the natural world, playing on the hot suburban asphalt, and riding my skateboard over concrete paths and alleys of endless strip malls. Those moments and scenes continue to reverberate and appear in my work.
Over the years, my gear has ranged from toy film cameras to early digital compacts, a DSLR, the iPhone, and the mirrorless systems I use today. What I gained from my self-lessons and the mostly fixed-lens path is a focus on spontaneity, creative approach, and composition.
Yeah, yeah, this is out of focus. I didn't take it :)
Where my work has been shared
Downtown Arts Collective
SEPT 20th - OCT 31st - 2018
Photo Shoot: 2018
Black Box Gallery
SEPT 1 - 20th - 2018
Third-Shifters: Art That Comes Alive At Night
SEPT 21 - 23rd - 2018
Lomo LC-A - The Greatest Camera of All Time
Published by Lomographic Society (2008)
ISBN 10: 3902217162
ISBN 13: 9783902217165
Holga Lomography - The World Through A Plastic Lens
Published by Lomographic Society (2006)
X013: Stake Out