Statement Future Imperfect Statement "In Future Imperfect, I explore the elements of Man and Environment and the instinct of self-preservation in a Western culture that upholds its standards of living at all costs. Beginning with a human perspective, bodily formations are used to illustrate the idea of community or kinship. Taking cues from the natural world (herds, flocks, schools etc.) I insert mankind back into the natural order from which we have tried to remove ourselves. The white male body symbolizes the dominant demographic of recent human history, raising themes of social hierarchy and systems of power as they relate to the progress of civilization. With little to no trace of humankind, the landscapes appear almost menacing, all-encompassing in their magnitude and scale. Of this series, writer Barry Dumka observes, 'At first glance, the work might prompt considerations of death and future dystopias. But look again at the three wisp-like bodies in their ivory skin cradled beneath a protective tree or the nest of naked figures exposed to the elements beside a river. It is more the vulnerability and humility of man in the natural environment…that makes these images so mesmerizing. And the fact that all of these figures are Ellingsen himself (working alone, he used a remote shutter to capture these set-up scenes) adds a wondrous personal dimension to the work.' The expectation of an ideal life as dictated by Western hegemony has far-reaching implications, particularly when placed in opposition with environmental responsibility. In the context of an affluent yet unsustainable culture resistant to any perceived deterioration of lifestyle, the Future Imperfect series prompts the need for meaningful widespread social change." - D.E.