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.
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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 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. Working with Nonprofit Organizations has helped to bring more purpose and meaning to my process. It has helped me grow both as a human being as well as a photographer. For the past few years, I have worked with many charitable organizations, helping them raise awareness and tell their story through effective, meaningful photographs. The fact is, most nonprofits do not utilize visual storytelling to their best advantage. Many are unaware that photography is the single most important item when it comes to creating awareness for their organizations. In my e-book called The Importance of Photography for Nonprofit Organizations, I talk about the principals of visual communication in philanthropy. Good photography is the most effective way to establish common ground between the cause and the audience.

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Shiloh Methodist Church, Inman SC - circa 1825. I have never seen a church graveyard with an outhouse. I did some readin...
03/02/2021

Shiloh Methodist Church, Inman SC - circa 1825. I have never seen a church graveyard with an outhouse. I did some reading up on the history of this church and found out the congregation was part of the Broad River Circuit of traveling Methodist preachers from 1785 until 1802 then was served by the Saluda Circuit from 1802 until 1803. It then joined the Enoree Circuit until 1833. My maternal grandfather (L.C. Cornwell) was a circuit preacher for the Methodist church. I’d love to find out the circuit he traveled with but I wouldn’t know where to begin.

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02/22/2021

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02/18/2021
Junk And Disorderly
02/16/2021

Junk And Disorderly

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02/16/2021

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02/13/2021
Copper Creek Viaduct
02/12/2021

Copper Creek Viaduct

Flat Creek Tavern
02/10/2021

Flat Creek Tavern

Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, Havana, Cuba, July 2014
02/09/2021

Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, Havana, Cuba, July 2014

Blue Ridge Roller Girls
02/08/2021

Blue Ridge Roller Girls

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02/07/2021

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Part of a long-term project called The Guitar Artist.
02/05/2021

Part of a long-term project called The Guitar Artist.

02/03/2021
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02/01/2021

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There’s something about a rusty old truck that I just can’t resist. Especially one with these colors.
01/28/2021

There’s something about a rusty old truck that I just can’t resist. Especially one with these colors.

Picturing Others with Tom Rankin, Rob Amberg, Rebecca Kiger, Raymond Thompson Jr. & Rich-Joseph Facun — Six Feet Photogr...
01/26/2021
Picturing Others with Tom Rankin, Rob Amberg, Rebecca Kiger, Raymond Thompson Jr. & Rich-Joseph Facun — Six Feet Photography Project

Picturing Others with Tom Rankin, Rob Amberg, Rebecca Kiger, Raymond Thompson Jr. & Rich-Joseph Facun — Six Feet Photography Project

Wednesday, January 27th, 7 PM EST What is the photographer's responsibility to the communities where they photograph? Tom Rankin, Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke will be hosting an in-depth conversation with Appalachian photographers Raymond Thompson Jr., Rebecca K

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01/25/2021

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Adornment
01/21/2021

Adornment

Emanuel AME Church
01/17/2021

Emanuel AME Church

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01/04/2021

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#smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo
12/29/2020

#smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo

#smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo
12/29/2020

#smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo

Part of my on-going project called Rodeo Dreams about small town rodeo in Appalachia. #smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo
12/23/2020

Part of my on-going project called Rodeo Dreams about small town rodeo in Appalachia. #smalltownrodeo #rodeo #kidsrodeo

The true test of a man is his attitude and devotion to family under adverse circumstances. Merry Christmas Willie and Sa...
12/23/2020

The true test of a man is his attitude and devotion to family under adverse circumstances. Merry Christmas Willie and Savannah. I hope you and your family have a great one.

12/20/2020
12/20/2020
Last Call #smalltownrodeo #bullrider
12/20/2020

Last Call #smalltownrodeo #bullrider

Brandon and Willie at Evening Breeze Arena #smalltownrodeo #rodeo
12/20/2020

Brandon and Willie at Evening Breeze Arena #smalltownrodeo #rodeo

12/19/2020
#smalltownrodeo #rodeo
12/19/2020

#smalltownrodeo #rodeo

Just hangin around
12/18/2020

Just hangin around

12/17/2020
Helping Hands II
12/17/2020

Helping Hands II

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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.