2010 IPA Awards Honorable Mention

I am excited to have received five Honorable Mentions at this year’s International Photography Awards out of the approximately 15,000 submissions.

Some of the new Polaroid work I have been shooting was awarded in the following categories:
Portrait Professional
Fine Art Portrait-Professional
Self Promotion-Professional
People Other-Professional


And the image of Vancouver harbour during the 2010 Winter Olympics was awarded in the following category:



Showing “fresh works from creative professionals”, Photography Served has featured my recent collection of Polaroid Corporate portraits.

Photography Served


Issue 19 of New York’s  Creative Quarterly magazine is out now!
I was honoured to be awarded a winner in Professional Photography for some of the work from the Future Imperfect series.



Robert Berman Gallery

I’m very pleased to be included in a group exhibition opening today at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California.

Susan Baraz (who, among other things, is Co-Chair of The Lucie Awards and Head of Judges for the International Photography Awards) contacted me to see if I was interested in this event, Another Nude Show. Susan often refers fine art photographers to a selection of galleries including the Farmani Gallery and the Paul Kopeikin Gallery. Have a look at her Phototherapy site for details. An excellent resource for photographers and anyone interested in photography.

Anyway, after 1/2 a second, I agreed.

I am really excited…not only am I included in a show along with Joel Peter Witkin, Ruth Bernard and Tracey Emin, but this exhibition is running in conjunction with MOPLA Month of Photography Awards and the XTO Awards. I cannot make it down so if you happen to be there let me know how it goes…the details as listed on the gallery’s site are as follows:

April 3 – 30, 2010
D5 Gallery

A Group exhibition exploring the imagery of the nude form including works by
Robert Graham, Ruth Bernhard, Horst P. Horst,Man Ray, Joel Peter Witkin, Francesco Scavullo, Sante D’Orazio, Raymond Pettibon, The Mac, John Altoon, Ben Talbert, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frederick Wight, William Tunberg, Ralph Goings, Stephen Verona, John Colao, Ron English, Manuel Ocampo, Jorg Dubin, Ellwood T. Risk, Britt Ehringer, Eliza French & Jeff Charbonneau, Robert Sean Coons, Dennis Mukai, David Trulli, Greg Gibbs, Andrew George, Vic Huber, Rafael Serrano, Jon Cournoyer, Sally Mann, Jock Sturges, Marc Fichou, Ken Aronson, Brett Aronson, Steven Teitelbaum, Randal Haworth, Tiphaine Popesco, Eric Schwartz, Christine Lissman, David Ellingsen, Bill Durgen, Toby Burrows, Bill Phelps, Gail Greenfield Randall, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Edouard Chimot, Max Turner, Emil Jean Kosta Jr., Mel Ramos, Alejandro Gehry, Thomas Ruff, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tracy Nakayama, Tracey Emin, Vanessa Beecroft, Tom Wesselmann, and many more.

In conjunction with the MOPLA Month of Photography Awards & XTO Image Awards

Another Nude Show


Rodeo 2 invitation - English

Congratulations to the winners.

The results for Rodeo 2, CAPIC’s latest photography competition, have been announced. I was honoured to be one of ten judges from across Canada to adjudicate this contest. The whole process was executed on-line, a wonderfully efficient process for judges across the country, with almost 100 photographs to examine and rank. Nice to see such participation. Based on a scale of 1 through 5 we worked through them in the first round…with a tie-breaking vote for 2nd and 3rd place a week later (a tight race between 5 talented photographers!).


Creative Quarterly

Nice to arrive to the studio this morning to find an email notifying me that I have won in the “Photography-Professional” category of Creative Quarterly’s annual competition. Known as “The Journal of Art & Design”, CQ’s mandate is inspiration…where it comes from and how it manifests itself. “Creative Quarterly publishes the best work being done internationally in graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art. Our hope is by representing both the next generation and those currently working in the marketplace there will be a sharing of ideas. Ideas that spawn new ideas. Join us in building a new creative community where we share and grow together.”

The work…from the series Future Imperfect… will be published in the June issue.




I have a soft spot for Photolucida…a great event run by a great bunch of people in my fave US city Portland…and when they have news I’m going to be re-posting it here as well.

An important branch of the Photolucida organization is Critical Mass, a program of “exposure and community”.
“The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today”.

Basically, you sign up, pay your fee, get your work seen by the who’s who of the industry, and maybe get an award or two. Regardless of the end result, your work is put in front of lots of important people in the fine art photo world. Pretty great for any photographer working today. I’ve had excellent experiences with them and encourage others to get down there and show off their work. It was through Photolucida’s Portfolio Reviews that I received the invitation to show in China.

I digress…back to the whole point of this post…the winners of the Critical Mass Book Award have just been announced. Congratulations to Alejandro Cartanega and Birthe Piontek for their beautiful work…they deserve the accolades. I’ll be excited to get the books when they are published.


Arte Laguna

I have been nominated as a finalist at the 4th International Arte Laguna competition in Venice, Italy. An exciting bit of news offering great exposure in Europe. It was the Future Imperfect series again for this competition.

About Arte Laguna:
“The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in cooperation with Arte Laguna, organizes the Fourth International Art Prize “Arte Laguna”, directed to the promotion and valorization of contemporary art.
The Prize is organized under the patronage of the Foreign Office,  Region of Veneto, Province of Treviso, Province of Venice, Municipality of Venice, Municipality of Mogliano Veneto, Venetian Ca’ Foscari University, Ascom of Treviso, NIKON, Venetian Academy of Fine Arts, European Institute of Design (IED). The Prize is subdivided in three sections: painting, photographic art, sculpture. Participants can chose the theme of their artworks.”


Future Imperfect 6

I have been one of those selected from 2300 entries to exhibit in the group show “Elements of Water” opening on March 5th, 2010. This exhibition will be at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

The entries were juried by John Paul Caponigro, an acclaimed educator, curator and artist in his own right. As his biography says, Mr. Caponigro’s motivation comes from “inspiring conscientious creative interaction, my life’s work is a call to connection with our natural world, with each other, and with ourselves.” That got my attention.


Woodstock Times Review

Woodstock Times Review

From the Woodstock Times.
By Paul Smart.

With all the speed of our being swallowed by the current digital age, it’s easy to forget much of what’s being lost these days.
Galerie BMG‘s current exhibition through January 11, “Hibernus…a winter study” by Canadian photographer, David Ellingsen, utilizes what was once one of the prime materials for certain specialized visual artists…Polaroid film.
Stuff’s gone now, like the warmth of recordings released on vinyl, or 16mm film screenings with the projector rattling and the dust motes dancing in a stream of near liquid narrative light. Like Brownie snapshots or hand-written letters, for that matter. Remember aerograms?
For the current show’s series of richly textured and mystery-evoking floral works, Ellingsen has collected natural plants during the final stages of their being and then used an archaic Polaroid 55PN film, as fine-grained, textured and rich with organic imperfections as the collection it’s being used to capture, to make it lasting art.
Talk about two eras ending, and an artist’s use of his tools, his means, to comment on his subject matter, the end. Or vice-versa.
The resulting photographs, created in-studio and hand-processed in the darkroom, are solarized during the development process and printed to archival, museum exhibition standards.
The results speak to what the artist has referred to as his lifelong ambition to find a way of combining the elements inherent in his boyhood on a communal island north in British Columbia, where he learned to appreciate the juxtaposition of seemingly oddly matched elements, from water and ice and nature versus technology to the rural and urban he now sees coming together in his adopted city. Or these lively new floral works about the natural process of death and decay.
The Vancouver-based photographer has augmented a strong career in commercial and editorial work with a burgeoning fine art career that has seen his works appear in numerous solo and group museum and gallery exhibitions, and win awards and prizes from a variety of organizations including the International Photography Awards in Los Angeles, Black & White Magazine in San Francisco, PX3 in Paris and Applied Arts in Toronto.

Hibernus….a winter study will be on display through January 11, 2010. Winter gallery hours at 12 Tannery Brook Road are Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday noon-5 p.m. or other times by appointment. For more information, call 679-0027 or visit