David Ellingsen is a photographer and environmental artist who creates images of site-specific installations, landscapes, and object studies that speak to the human impact on the natural world. Employing different photographic techniques for each thematic series, Ellingsen acts as archivist, surrealist, and storyteller as he calls attention to the temporary state of the environment both directly and through subversive commentary about consumerist society. As a conceptual, humanistic photographer, Ellingsen poses questions about the transience and temporality of existence, and his subjects are marked by simplicity, empathy, and a wounded sense of humanity’s fate.
Ellingsen lives and makes his work in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, moving between Vancouver, Victoria, and the farm where he was raised on the remote island of Cortes. He began his photography career as a freelance editorial and advertising photographer before committing to his current full-time art practice.
Ellingsen exhibits in Canadian and international public and private galleries and his work is held in private and public collections. He was awarded first place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and also at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles. Currently Ellingsen is working on the long-term, time-sensitive series Weather Patterns, which documents climate trends and shifting meteorological phenomenon.