Corky Ellis Photographer

Corky Ellis Photographer Hi! Thanks for dropping by the Corky Ellis Photography page After retiring from 30 years of marketing and graphic design for the building products industry I began a small studio out of my home serving the few remaining clients I had.

As those clients dwindled, I had more time for my true passion, which is photography. I had started my photographic journey back in the mid 1970’s shooting black and white film while I was in art school. I didn’t pick up a camera again until 30 years later when digital cameras became more accepted in professional photography circles. Cameras have come and gone, and my equipment has changed over th

As those clients dwindled, I had more time for my true passion, which is photography. I had started my photographic journey back in the mid 1970’s shooting black and white film while I was in art school. I didn’t pick up a camera again until 30 years later when digital cameras became more accepted in professional photography circles. Cameras have come and gone, and my equipment has changed over th

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Dizney Smokey Mountain Ranch - Dandridge TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #bullrider
09/03/2021

Dizney Smokey Mountain Ranch - Dandridge TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #bullrider

Dizney Smokey Mountain Ranch - Dandridge TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #bullrider

Logan - Field of Dreams, Newport TN #longlivefilm #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography
09/01/2021

Logan - Field of Dreams, Newport TN #longlivefilm #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography

Logan - Field of Dreams, Newport TN #longlivefilm #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography

Mast General - Asheville #longlivefilm #mamiya645 #portra400
08/30/2021

Mast General - Asheville #longlivefilm #mamiya645 #portra400

Mast General - Asheville #longlivefilm #mamiya645 #portra400

Stock contractors helping rodeo officials with the list of bucking bulls for the draw.  Elizabethton TN #buckingbulls #r...
08/30/2021

Stock contractors helping rodeo officials with the list of bucking bulls for the draw. Elizabethton TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #blackandwhitephotography #longlivefilm

Stock contractors helping rodeo officials with the list of bucking bulls for the draw. Elizabethton TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #blackandwhitephotography #longlivefilm

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits Vertical V-2 #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm
08/30/2021

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits Vertical V-2 #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits Vertical V-2 #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm

#rodeo #americana
08/29/2021

#rodeo #americana

#rodeo #americana

Bull Rider and Bull Fighter - Appalachain Fair, Gary TN #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboy
08/28/2021

Bull Rider and Bull Fighter - Appalachain Fair, Gary TN #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboy

Bull Rider and Bull Fighter - Appalachain Fair, Gary TN #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboy

A bull rider gets a tight wrap on the rope before giving the nod to the gate man to open the gate. | Gary TN  #buckingbu...
08/28/2021

A bull rider gets a tight wrap on the rope before giving the nod to the gate man to open the gate. | Gary TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboy

A bull rider gets a tight wrap on the rope before giving the nod to the gate man to open the gate. | Gary TN #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboy

Sometime between sunset and the lights. Appalachain Fair Rodeo #cowboy #buckingbulls #rodeo
08/28/2021

Sometime between sunset and the lights. Appalachain Fair Rodeo #cowboy #buckingbulls #rodeo

Sometime between sunset and the lights. Appalachain Fair Rodeo #cowboy #buckingbulls #rodeo

Alex - Appalachain Fair Rodeo - Gary TN #rodeo#buckingbulls #cowboy
08/27/2021

Alex - Appalachain Fair Rodeo - Gary TN #rodeo
#buckingbulls #cowboy

Alex - Appalachain Fair Rodeo - Gary TN #rodeo
#buckingbulls #cowboy

Appalachain Fair - Gary TN
08/27/2021

Appalachain Fair - Gary TN

Appalachain Fair - Gary TN

Cotton Candy Cowboy #rodeo #portra400 #longlivefilm
08/24/2021

Cotton Candy Cowboy #rodeo #portra400 #longlivefilm

Cotton Candy Cowboy #rodeo #portra400 #longlivefilm

Just a boy and his bull. #rodeo #blackandwhitephotography #ilfordhp5
08/21/2021

Just a boy and his bull. #rodeo #blackandwhitephotography #ilfordhp5

Just a boy and his bull. #rodeo #blackandwhitephotography #ilfordhp5

A bronc rider loosens up his saddle before competition - Old Fort NC. #mamiya645 #portra400 #indiefilmlab #rodeo
08/20/2021

A bronc rider loosens up his saddle before competition - Old Fort NC. #mamiya645 #portra400 #indiefilmlab #rodeo

A bronc rider loosens up his saddle before competition - Old Fort NC. #mamiya645 #portra400 #indiefilmlab #rodeo

Dakota takes time to reflect before entering the ring. She has been given the honor of carrying the American Flag in the...
08/20/2021

Dakota takes time to reflect before entering the ring. She has been given the honor of carrying the American Flag in the opening ceremonies of the Green County Fair Rodeo - Greenville TN #rodeo #patriotism #filmphotography #portra400

Dakota takes time to reflect before entering the ring. She has been given the honor of carrying the American Flag in the opening ceremonies of the Green County Fair Rodeo - Greenville TN #rodeo #patriotism #filmphotography #portra400

Taylor - Elizabethton TN #rodeo #filmphotography #cowboys #breastcancerawareness
08/19/2021

Taylor - Elizabethton TN #rodeo #filmphotography #cowboys #breastcancerawareness

Taylor - Elizabethton TN #rodeo #filmphotography #cowboys #breastcancerawareness

Waiting for the Bull Draw - Elizabethton TN #cowboys #rodeo #buckingbulls #Filmphotography #ilfordhp5
08/19/2021

Waiting for the Bull Draw - Elizabethton TN #cowboys #rodeo #buckingbulls #Filmphotography #ilfordhp5

Waiting for the Bull Draw - Elizabethton TN #cowboys #rodeo #buckingbulls #Filmphotography #ilfordhp5

James at the rodeo in Elizabethton TN #rodeo #portrait #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography
08/19/2021

James at the rodeo in Elizabethton TN #rodeo #portrait #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography

James at the rodeo in Elizabethton TN #rodeo #portrait #ilfordhp5 #blackandwhitephotography

Bubba - Rodeo Official | Green County Fairgrounds. #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400
08/18/2021

Bubba - Rodeo Official | Green County Fairgrounds. #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400

Bubba - Rodeo Official | Green County Fairgrounds. #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400

Kody - #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400
08/17/2021

Kody - #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400

Kody - #rodeo #buckingbulls #filmphotography #portra400

Dakota - Green County Fairgrounds, Greenville TN #rodeo #barrelracing #portra400 #filmphotography
08/17/2021

Dakota - Green County Fairgrounds, Greenville TN #rodeo #barrelracing #portra400 #filmphotography

Dakota - Green County Fairgrounds, Greenville TN #rodeo #barrelracing #portra400 #filmphotography

Field of Dreams | Newport TN #rodeo #portra400 #filmisnotdead
08/17/2021

Field of Dreams | Newport TN #rodeo #portra400 #filmisnotdead

Field of Dreams | Newport TN #rodeo #portra400 #filmisnotdead

This little dude is ready to rock some sheep at a rodeo at Evening Breeze Arena. #portra400 #rodeo #filmisnotdead
08/17/2021

This little dude is ready to rock some sheep at a rodeo at Evening Breeze Arena. #portra400 #rodeo #filmisnotdead

This little dude is ready to rock some sheep at a rodeo at Evening Breeze Arena. #portra400 #rodeo #filmisnotdead

@Evening Breeze Arena | Elizabethton TN #blackandwhitephotography #filmisnotdead #ilfordhp5 #rodeo
08/16/2021

@Evening Breeze Arena | Elizabethton TN #blackandwhitephotography #filmisnotdead #ilfordhp5 #rodeo

@Evening Breeze Arena | Elizabethton TN #blackandwhitephotography #filmisnotdead #ilfordhp5 #rodeo

If you teach them while they're young. - Proverbs 22:6 #rodeo #filmisnotdead #portra400 #patriotism #america
08/14/2021

If you teach them while they're young. - Proverbs 22:6 #rodeo #filmisnotdead #portra400 #patriotism #america

If you teach them while they're young. - Proverbs 22:6 #rodeo #filmisnotdead #portra400 #patriotism #america

Dakota - Field of Dreams | Newport TN. Dakota works for his dad who is a stock contractor providing bucking bulls for ma...
08/13/2021

Dakota - Field of Dreams | Newport TN. Dakota works for his dad who is a stock contractor providing bucking bulls for many of the rodeos in Tennessee and North Carolina. He's passionate about what he does and is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. #filmisnotdead #portra400 #rodeo #buckingbulls

Dakota - Field of Dreams | Newport TN. Dakota works for his dad who is a stock contractor providing bucking bulls for many of the rodeos in Tennessee and North Carolina. He's passionate about what he does and is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. #filmisnotdead #portra400 #rodeo #buckingbulls

Field of Dreams - Newport TN #blackandwhitephotography #kodaktrix400 #KodakFilm #buckingbulls
08/11/2021

Field of Dreams - Newport TN #blackandwhitephotography #kodaktrix400 #KodakFilm #buckingbulls

Field of Dreams - Newport TN #blackandwhitephotography #kodaktrix400 #KodakFilm #buckingbulls

A dazed bull rider is escorted out of the arena after being thrown from a bull. - Newport Tenn. #buckingbulls #bullrider...
08/09/2021

A dazed bull rider is escorted out of the arena after being thrown from a bull. - Newport Tenn. #buckingbulls #bullrider #rodeo

A dazed bull rider is escorted out of the arena after being thrown from a bull. - Newport Tenn. #buckingbulls #bullrider #rodeo

Kody sits alone in his car, dejected after re-injuring his leg on his first time back on a bull after months off. #BeCow...
08/06/2021

Kody sits alone in his car, dejected after re-injuring his leg on his first time back on a bull after months off. #BeCowboy #rodeo #bullrider

Kody sits alone in his car, dejected after re-injuring his leg on his first time back on a bull after months off. #BeCowboy #rodeo #bullrider

Nigel - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy
08/03/2021

Nigel - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy

Nigel - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy

Field of Dreams | Newport TN. (anyone know who this bull rider is? Please message me. Thanks.)#35mm #portra400 #bullride...
08/03/2021

Field of Dreams | Newport TN. (anyone know who this bull rider is? Please message me. Thanks.)#35mm #portra400 #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #longlivefilm

Field of Dreams | Newport TN. (anyone know who this bull rider is? Please message me. Thanks.)#35mm #portra400 #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #longlivefilm

Jillian - Field of Dreams | Newport TNJillian is one of the few female bull riders I see at rodeo's around North Carolin...
08/02/2021

Jillian - Field of Dreams | Newport TN

Jillian is one of the few female bull riders I see at rodeo's around North Carolina/Tennessee. It's mostly a male-dominated sport. As far as I know, female bull riders compete under the same rules and ride the same bulls as their male counterparts in this addictive sport. Depending on the resource, bull riding is ranked in the top 5 of the worlds most dangerous organized sports and send thousands to the hospital ER's every week. In one report I read there were 32.2 injuries per 1000 competitor-exposures.

Stay safe out there Cowboys and Cowgirls.

#bullrider #rodeo #femalebullrider #cowgirlup #portra400 #filmphotography

Jillian - Field of Dreams | Newport TN

Jillian is one of the few female bull riders I see at rodeo's around North Carolina/Tennessee. It's mostly a male-dominated sport. As far as I know, female bull riders compete under the same rules and ride the same bulls as their male counterparts in this addictive sport. Depending on the resource, bull riding is ranked in the top 5 of the worlds most dangerous organized sports and send thousands to the hospital ER's every week. In one report I read there were 32.2 injuries per 1000 competitor-exposures.

Stay safe out there Cowboys and Cowgirls.

#bullrider #rodeo #femalebullrider #cowgirlup #portra400 #filmphotography

Eli - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy
08/02/2021

Eli - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy

Eli - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #BeCowboy

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm
08/02/2021

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm

Field of Dreams | Cowboy Portraits #filmphotography #bullrider #rodeo #blackandwhitefilm

Tommy - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #prayer
08/02/2021

Tommy - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #prayer

Tommy - Field of Dreams | Newport TN #bullrider #rodeo #cowboy #prayer

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Foundation And Motivation

After retiring from 30 years of marketing and graphic design for the building products industry I began a small studio out of my home serving the few clients I kept from the industry. As those clients dwindled, I had more time for my true passion; photography. I had started my photographic journey back in the mid 1970’s shooting black and white film while I was in art school. I didn’t pick up a camera again until 30 years later when digital cameras became more accepted in professional photography circles. Cameras have come and gone, and my equipment has changed over the years, but my aim has remained the same; to capture captivating and meaningful images that tell a story.

Today, most of my efforts are devoted to documentary and storytelling. I have long been pursuing a certificate in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham NC. I have documented everything from the opioid crisis in Appalachia to women’s roller derby, but I prefer topics that focus on the human condition.

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Fabulous work!!
This is a story I did on the role of the Church in the opioid crisis. Let me know what you think.