David Ellingsen is a Canadian photographer and conservation artist creating images of site-specific installations, landscapes, and object studies that speak to the natural world and man’s impact upon it.
Employing a range of photographic processes across his thematic projects, Ellingsen acts as archivist, surrealist, and storyteller as he calls attention to the contemporary state of the environment. Ellingsen’s images engage questions around the transience and temporality of existence and his thematic subjects are marked by simplicity, empathy, and a wounded sense of humanity’s fate.
Ellingsen’s photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Chinese Museum of Photography, South Korea’s Datz Museum of Art, and Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum and have been shortlisted for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Book Award and awarded First Place at the Prix de la Photographie Paris and First Place at the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles.
Ellingsen lives and makes his work in Canada’s Pacific Northwest, moving between Victoria, Vancouver, and the farm where he was raised on the remote island of Cortes.