Biography BIOGRAPHY 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 and surrealist as he calls attention to the state of the environment both directly and through conceptual commentary. 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 nature’s fate in the Anthropocene. Ellingsen began his artistic career studying the craft of photography at a trade institute, through apprenticeships and then working as a freelance editorial and advertising photographer with clients that included the New York Times Magazine, Mens Journal, CBC Radio Canada, Telus and MTV/Nickelodeon. Simultaneously, Ellingsen was exhibiting his personal artwork within public and private galleries in Canada, the USA, and Asia and appearing as a guest speaker and instructor at educational institutions in British Columbia. Ellingsen continued this hybrid path for 12 years and then in 2013 focused fully on his artistic practice. 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, 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. .......... INTERVIEW Following excerpt from ‘Conserving Canada’ interview with Sam Edmonds, Photolife Magazine, Canada, 2017 "You also mentioned your family history with logging in British Columbia and that your father is an environmentalist but also a mill owner/operator. What do these sorts of personal connections to the land and resources that are so much part of Canada say about issues of the environment in this country? What makes Canadian ecology and environment issues unique? And will these things always be very personal issues in Canada?" - S.E. "My story is certainly not unique. As you mention I think most Canadians, urban or rural, strongly identify with this vast, wild land - whether we are regularly immersed in it or not we have a sense of connection with it, of pride. I think, through these connections to our land, Canadians have an incredible potential to rise to its defense. But perhaps the danger has been the perceived capacity of such a large territory with a relatively small population to absorb mistreatment with little apparent affect. We have now awakened to the fact that this is just not true and the cumulative result of human civilization is impacting every precious square inch of this country. When fully realized I am hopeful that an awakening to the peril of one of the pillars of our national identity will stoke a reaction the likes of which we have not seen before in Canada. If we do reach this critical mass of moral outrage, funnel it through a roadmap like the Leap Manifesto and into our political system – well, Canadians would really have something to be proud of. We have everything we need in place except the will of the majority." - D.E.