Corky Ellis Photographer

Corky Ellis Photographer Comments, Critique, Collaboration always welcome. Foundation & Motivation

For the most part I am a self-taught photographer. I started my photographic journey 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

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

Operating as usual

Behind The Chutes - Kodak TMax Black and White Film #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboyup #ruralamerica #filmisnotdead #kodaktr...
12/21/2021

Behind The Chutes - Kodak TMax Black and White Film #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboyup #ruralamerica #filmisnotdead #kodaktrix400

#buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo #Cowboy #cowgirlup #ruralamerica
12/20/2021

#buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo #Cowboy #cowgirlup #ruralamerica

Signs. Mostly on film and mostly at night.
12/16/2021

Signs. Mostly on film and mostly at night.

Stokes Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City, FL #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboyup #cowgirlup #ruralamerica
12/13/2021

Stokes Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City, FL #buckingbulls #rodeo #cowboyup #cowgirlup #ruralamerica

Stokes Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City FL #cowboyup #rodeo #buckingbulls
12/13/2021

Stokes Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City FL #cowboyup #rodeo #buckingbulls

Behind The Chutes - Green Swamp Ranch, Polk City FL #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo #Cowboy #cowgirlup #ruralamerica
12/12/2021

Behind The Chutes - Green Swamp Ranch, Polk City FL #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo #Cowboy #cowgirlup #ruralamerica

Ash - Blackbeard Barber & Beauty #mamiya645 #portra400 #asheville #filmisnotdead
12/11/2021

Ash - Blackbeard Barber & Beauty #mamiya645 #portra400 #asheville #filmisnotdead

Just a lady snuggling with her pet skunk. St Petersburg FL #filmisnotdead #portra400 #mamiya645 #downtownstpete
12/11/2021

Just a lady snuggling with her pet skunk. St Petersburg FL #filmisnotdead #portra400 #mamiya645 #downtownstpete

Just a lady snuggling with her pet skunk. St Petersburg FL #filmisnotdead #portra400 #mamiya645 #downtownstpete

I was surprised to find an old beach hangout still standing after all these years. The Sands Motel in Treasure Island is...
12/11/2021

I was surprised to find an old beach hangout still standing after all these years. The Sands Motel in Treasure Island is surrounded by modern condo high-rises. I’m so glad they didn’t give in to the developers. The new owners put a fresh coat of paint on it and did some minor room upgrades. Other than that, it is pretty much the same as it was 50 years ago.

Miscellaneous shots from around St Petersburg FL - Portra 400 35mm film. #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #filmshootersco...
12/10/2021

Miscellaneous shots from around St Petersburg FL - Portra 400 35mm film. #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #filmshooterscollective

More from the Behind the Chutes series. Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City FL #buckingbulls #usa #cowboyup
12/09/2021

More from the Behind the Chutes series. Green Swamp Ranch - Polk City FL #buckingbulls #usa #cowboyup

I did some night photography with my Mamiya 645 and forgot I had the multi-exposure function enabled. I ended up with an...
12/07/2021

I did some night photography with my Mamiya 645 and forgot I had the multi-exposure function enabled. I ended up with an interesting abstract composition of neon signs. #filmisnotdead #portra400 #mamiya645

I did some night photography with my Mamiya 645 and forgot I had the multi-exposure function enabled. I ended up with an interesting abstract composition of neon signs. #filmisnotdead #portra400 #mamiya645

Under the Overpass #longlivefilm #mamiya645
12/06/2021

Under the Overpass #longlivefilm #mamiya645

Under the Overpass #longlivefilm #mamiya645

Anderson Farm, Bristol VA (June 2021) - Kodak Portra 400
11/28/2021

Anderson Farm, Bristol VA (June 2021) - Kodak Portra 400

Back to some nautical themes. #water #nautical #mangroves
11/24/2021

Back to some nautical themes. #water #nautical #mangroves

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo
11/18/2021

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

Here's a few street portraits I got to make before I left Asheville. #filmisnotdead #35mmfilm #portra400 #asheville #kod...
11/18/2021

Here's a few street portraits I got to make before I left Asheville. #filmisnotdead #35mmfilm #portra400 #asheville #kodaktrix400 #blackandwhitefilmphotography

Here's a multimedia piece I did back in 2017 on the pilgrimage in Rincón Cuba
11/13/2021
Purple is for Penance - The Pilgrimage to Rincón

Here's a multimedia piece I did back in 2017 on the pilgrimage in Rincón Cuba

Every December 17th faithful followers from all over Cuba will make a pilgrimage to the city of Rincón for the Feast Day of San Lazaro. The most revered sain...

Gary at his favorite watering hole - Asheville NC. #35mmfilm #filmphography #filmisnotdead #portra400
11/09/2021

Gary at his favorite watering hole - Asheville NC. #35mmfilm #filmphography #filmisnotdead #portra400

Gary at his favorite watering hole - Asheville NC. #35mmfilm #filmphography #filmisnotdead #portra400

Skater at the worlds smallest indoor skatepark. Asheville NC #skater #asheville #828isgreat #kodakportra400 #filmphotogr...
11/07/2021

Skater at the worlds smallest indoor skatepark. Asheville NC #skater #asheville #828isgreat #kodakportra400 #filmphotography

Skater at the worlds smallest indoor skatepark. Asheville NC #skater #asheville #828isgreat #kodakportra400 #filmphotography

I wish I had more opportunity to photograph women bull riders. The sport is mostly dominated by men, though I have found...
10/29/2021

I wish I had more opportunity to photograph women bull riders. The sport is mostly dominated by men, though I have found a few brave women who dare to compete seriously in rodeo roughstock events. #cowgirlup

I wish I had more opportunity to photograph women bull riders. The sport is mostly dominated by men, though I have found a few brave women who dare to compete seriously in rodeo roughstock events. #cowgirlup

Bristol VA #35mmfilm #filmisnotdead #filmphography #rodeo #portra400 #Cowboy
10/27/2021

Bristol VA #35mmfilm #filmisnotdead #filmphography #rodeo #portra400 #Cowboy

A few shots from a misplaced roll of Kodak 400 TMax. Not sure where these were taken.#rodeo #buckingbulls #35mmfilm #fil...
10/26/2021

A few shots from a misplaced roll of Kodak 400 TMax. Not sure where these were taken.#rodeo #buckingbulls #35mmfilm #filmphography #filmisnotdead

Pac Square Park - #circus #circusartist #flowarts
10/24/2021

Pac Square Park - #circus #circusartist #flowarts

Pac Square Park - #circus #circusartist #flowarts

Cowboy Up - Chiohowie Virginia #cowboyup #BuckingBulls #rodeo
10/24/2021

Cowboy Up - Chiohowie Virginia #cowboyup #BuckingBulls #rodeo

Gesture is everything. #lollipop
10/23/2021

Gesture is everything. #lollipop

Gesture is everything. #lollipop

Chiohowie Virginia #rodeo #cowboyup #BuckingBulls
10/20/2021

Chiohowie Virginia #rodeo #cowboyup #BuckingBulls

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo
10/19/2021

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

Chiohowie Virginia - #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

Cherryville NC #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboyup
10/14/2021

Cherryville NC #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboyup

Cherryville NC
10/13/2021

Cherryville NC

Cherryville NC - #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboyup #patriotism
10/11/2021

Cherryville NC - #rodeo #buckingbulls #cowboyup #patriotism

Rodeo - North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo
10/08/2021

Rodeo - North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

More images taken at rodeos around North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo
10/06/2021

More images taken at rodeos around North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

Here's a mixture of film and digital cowboy portraits taken at rodeos around North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls...
10/01/2021

Here's a mixture of film and digital cowboy portraits taken at rodeos around North Carolina and Tennessee. #buckingbulls #cowboyup #rodeo

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About Me

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.