Corky Ellis Photographer

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All of my energies are now spent in the area of social documentary photography. I am studying Documentary Arts at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. I am constantly seeking involvement in projects that concern the human condition and social justice issues. In addition to my business and graphic design expertise, I have attended several professional workshops devoted to nonprofit photography where I have helped charitable organizations raise awareness and tell their story. I have been fortunate enough to have world-renowned photographers the likes of David Allen Harvey, Shelby Lee Adams and Sarah Stacke review and critique my portfolio. My affiliations include: The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), North Carolina Press Photographers Association (NCPPA), The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and the Asheville Area Arts Council. I am available for assignment or project collaboration.

Rodeo is one thing I’ll miss this time of year because of the pandemic. These photos are from last year. Several words c...
07/04/2020

Rodeo is one thing I’ll miss this time of year because of the pandemic. These photos are from last year. Several words come to mind when I think of Rodeo; reverence, respect, cooperation and family just to name a few. I love cowboy culture. It brings back memories of better days when life was simple. When I was a kid, I used to dream of being a cowboy. Books by Louis L’Amore and tv shows like Rawhide, Bonanza and Sky King were all the rage. I had a reproduction of a Charles Marion Russel painting, “The Broken Rope” hanging over my bed, depicting three cowboys, one falling from his horse while trying to rope a steer. I used to stare at it for hours thinking about what went wrong.

Rodeo is one thing I’ll miss this time of year because of the pandemic. These photos are from last year. Several words c...
07/04/2020

Rodeo is one thing I’ll miss this time of year because of the pandemic. These photos are from last year. Several words come to mind when I think of Rodeo; reverence, respect, cooperation and family just to name a few. I love cowboy culture. It brings back memories of better days when life was simple. When I was a kid, I used to dream of being a cowboy. Books by Louis L’Amore and tv shows like Rawhide, Bonanza and Sky King were all the rage. I had a reproduction of a Charles Marion Russel painting, “The Broken Rope” hanging over my bed, depicting three cowboys, one falling from his horse while trying to rope a steer. I used to stare at it for hours thinking about what went wrong.

Rodeo is one thing I’ll miss this time of year because of the pandemic. These photos are from last year. Several words come to mind when I think of Rodeo; reverence, respect, cooperation and family just to name a few. I love cowboy culture. It brings back memories of better days when life was simple. When I was a kid, I used to dream of being a cowboy. Books by Louis L’Amore and tv shows like Rawhide, Bonanza and Sky King were all the rage. I had a reproduction of a Charles Marion Russel painting, “The Broken Rope” hanging over my bed, depicting three cowboys, one falling from his horse while trying to rope a steer. I used to stare at it for hours thinking about what went wrong.

Kids practicing at an after school circus arts program in Havana - March 2018 #havana #circus #kids
04/20/2020

Kids practicing at an after school circus arts program in Havana - March 2018 #havana #circus #kids

Doug is a familiar muse for my camera. I consider it an honor whenever I have the chance to visit him at his “crib” in B...
02/22/2020

Doug is a familiar muse for my camera. I consider it an honor whenever I have the chance to visit him at his “crib” in Black Mountain NC. While Doug can be a very private person, it’s rare that I cross his comfort zone. Bohemian, recluse, eccentric, flower-child, throwback, savant, all these words come to mind when trying to describe this talented man. I did a story a while back on his wabi-sabi art form called “The Guitar Artist.” Check it out if you have the chance. https://covenantgrafix.com/the-guitar-artist/ #guitarart #bohemian #blackmountain

Abandoned hotel in Ft. McCoy FL
02/11/2020

Abandoned hotel in Ft. McCoy FL

Blue Ridge Roller Derby#asheville #rollerderby
02/09/2020

Blue Ridge Roller Derby
#asheville #rollerderby

Jessie Garner a former drug dealer turned preacher and harm reduction advocate sits in the pew of his small church in Fa...
01/18/2020

Jessie Garner a former drug dealer turned preacher and harm reduction advocate sits in the pew of his small church in Fayetteville NC. He says God called him to be a preacher while he was in Jail. A humble man, Jessie told me he accepts the mandate but struggles with it every day. Since his release from jail he has walked the streets of Fayetteville ministering to the homeless, sex workers and the addicted. He says he was doing harm reduction before the word was even invented. He now works for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition as an outreach/peer support specialist. Jessie has been instrumental in introducing many programs in his community including a syringe exchange, post overdose care, and jail reentry program that helps individuals transition to the community after release. With all this, Jessie still hast time to run a soup kitchen out of the back of his church. #harmreduction #recovery #addiction

Saint Simon's Island GA
01/13/2020

Saint Simon's Island GA

Meet Cuba's digital revolutionaries
01/04/2020
Meet Cuba's digital revolutionaries

Meet Cuba's digital revolutionaries

A year after Cuba’s government allowed 3G on the island, we follow three activists using the internet to drive rapid change.

MusicWorks Asheville is an El Sistema-inspired after school program that uses the arts as a natural teacher. They focus ...
11/09/2019

MusicWorks Asheville is an El Sistema-inspired after school program that uses the arts as a natural teacher. They focus on music education to help kids in Asheville’s underserved communities learn social behaviors, values and life related skills to help them succeed in life. #music #education #elsistema #nonprofitphotography

These images are part of my series on faith. I’m still searching for a title.#wncphotographer, #southernreligion, #churc...
10/10/2019

These images are part of my series on faith. I’m still searching for a title.#wncphotographer, #southernreligion, #church

I’m excited for my CDS friends who documented small farms in the Raleigh Durham area with Bryce Lankard. Our work will b...
09/25/2019

I’m excited for my CDS friends who documented small farms in the Raleigh Durham area with Bryce Lankard. Our work will be on display at the Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill for the month of October. Join us if you can. The opening reception will be October 5th from 6:30 to 8:30.

Bass Pond Bridge
09/25/2019

Bass Pond Bridge

#k9sforwarriors in Jacksonville FL provides #servicedog training for #gulfwar and #vietnam #veterins suffering from #PTS...
09/25/2019

#k9sforwarriors in Jacksonville FL provides #servicedog training for #gulfwar and #vietnam #veterins suffering from #PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries, #TBI.

#woundedwarriorproject #campk9

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention
09/25/2019

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

I have known Doug now going on three years. He is a self-proclaimed Bohemian living in a small house he refers  to as "t...
09/25/2019

I have known Doug now going on three years. He is a self-proclaimed Bohemian living in a small house he refers to as "the crib" in Black Mountain North Carolina. He is an accomplished musician (guitar and drums) and visual artist who combines both in a very unique way. See my project called "The Guitar Artist" on my website. #guitarart #bohemianstyle #hippie

Scottish Highlanders of the Blue Ridge Parkway
09/25/2019

Scottish Highlanders of the Blue Ridge Parkway

I took these photos on October 24th 2012. The very next day the ship and crew departed for Florida despite the Coast Gua...
09/25/2019

I took these photos on October 24th 2012. The very next day the ship and crew departed for Florida despite the Coast Guard’s issuing radio broadcasts urging mariners to stay in port because of Hurricane Sandy. The storm had just intensified to a Category II and was tracking up the East Coast. Captain Robin Walbridge felt confident the hurricane would turn eastward away from land. The ship sank of the coast of Cape Hatteras North Carolina on October 29th. Fourteen crew members were rescued by the Coast Guard. The captain and one other crew member were washed overboard and perished.

Chris, Daniel and Amanda, Downtown Asheville, Misc Street#asheville #wncphotographer
09/24/2019

Chris, Daniel and Amanda, Downtown Asheville, Misc Street
#asheville #wncphotographer

People gather near the stage for a candlelight vigil at the Jimi-Jon Jam in Wilkesboro North Carolina.  The annual event...
09/09/2019

People gather near the stage for a candlelight vigil at the Jimi-Jon Jam in Wilkesboro North Carolina. The annual event, featuring some of the top local bands, is held during National Recovery Month and serves to bring awareness to substance use and mental health disorders and to bring hope to those who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. #jimijonjam

08/18/2019
Purple is for Penance - The Pilgrimage to Rincón

Purple is for Penance - The Pilgrimage to Rincón

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...

These images by Robert Capa are a haunting reminder of D-Day. Thank you to all those brave men who gave their lives for ...
06/06/2019

These images by Robert Capa are a haunting reminder of D-Day. Thank you to all those brave men who gave their lives for our freedom.

“It took seeing my son struggle with addiction for me to realize the full impact of what I have done to the people I lov...
06/02/2019

“It took seeing my son struggle with addiction for me to realize the full impact of what I have done to the people I love. It helped me to understand how my parents must have felt.” – Tammy W - Back in recovery after 14 years of sobriety.⁣

#wilkesrecovery
#worktheprogram

Melanie and Louie...I mean Norton. 😃
05/04/2019

Melanie and Louie...I mean Norton. 😃

Peace, Love, Asheville Drum Circle
04/15/2019

Peace, Love, Asheville Drum Circle

New blog entry on Addiction/Recovery
03/31/2019
Love Wins Over Addiction

New blog entry on Addiction/Recovery

Addicted to heroin for a combined 20 years, both Danielle and Amanda are now committed to experience rehab as a couple. They feel their mutual love and support for each other is a big reason for their continued success.

School Colors#abandonedplaces
03/27/2019

School Colors
#abandonedplaces

The artesian spring/well house at the former  Alabama Training School for Girls.#abandonedplaces
03/27/2019

The artesian spring/well house at the former Alabama Training School for Girls.

#abandonedplaces

“An addict alone is in bad company.” — Narcotics AnonymousWhen they turned into the clinic parking lot and saw a line ou...
03/16/2019

“An addict alone is in bad company.” — Narcotics Anonymous

When they turned into the clinic parking lot and saw a line out the door, Amanda and Danielle both wanted to abandon the idea and go back home to the couch. But in spite of being dope sick, they decided to wait in line for however long it might take to see a recovery specialist. It ended up being the best decision they’ve ever made together.

Addicted to heroin for a combined 20 years, both Danielle and Amanda are now committed to experience rehab as a couple. They feel their mutual love and support for each other is a big reason for their continued success. Previous to their trip to the clinic, they were either couch-surfing or living on the streets searching for a way to get their next fix. “If we didn’t have each other, we wouldn’t have anything,” says Danielle about the couple’s relationship. “I was so dead inside. I was in a place where I didn’t want to feel anything. Then I meet this girl and she finally makes me feel something.”

Tracy Helton Mitchell, author of The Big Fix – Hope After Heroin is a former addict who appeared in the documentary Black Tar Heroin, a film about addicts in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. She says, “I don’t believe in the concept of a bottom. The opposite of addiction is connection and that’s what people who are using drugs are really seeking out — they need some kind of connection with people.”

Amanda and Danielle now have 18 months of recovery behind them. For the first time in a long time they finally have some much needed stability in their lives. They both have jobs and a house and are regularly attending meetings. Earning the right to have their children come live with them has been a special gift. Their connections to people - each other, family, work colleagues, and other recovering addicts - give them the strength and resources to continue in their pursuit of long-term recovery.

Port of Havana
01/29/2019

Port of Havana

Mystic River
01/29/2019

Mystic River

Learn how you can promote animal welfare in Cuba through an amazing NGO called ANIPLANT
01/22/2019
ANAPLANT | Helping to End Suffering of Animals in Cuba

Learn how you can promote animal welfare in Cuba through an amazing NGO called ANIPLANT

ANIPLANT has greatly reduced animal suffering and the number of stray animals in the streets of Havana. Nora Garcia has been the director for over 3 decades and has no plans to retire.

The Cuban Art School Ruins. The schools were conceived by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in 1961. The five schools were de...
12/28/2018

The Cuban Art School Ruins. The schools were conceived by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro in 1961. The five schools were designed and built on the grounds of the old Havana Country Club but fell into disrepair when Soviet influence in Cuba thought function was more important than form. "Unfinished Spaces" is a wonderful documentary on the history of these schools and the efforts to save them.
#architecture
#abandonedspaces

The Chatooga River. Pothole Falls
11/13/2018

The Chatooga River. Pothole Falls

A couple of years ago I started this project called The Guitar Artist. A look at a local musician and visual artist who ...
11/13/2018

A couple of years ago I started this project called The Guitar Artist. A look at a local musician and visual artist who Wabi-Sabi’s used guitars among other items. #duckquack #theguitarartist #guitar #bohemianstyle #artlife #rockstar

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All of my energies are spent in the area of social documentary photography. I am studying Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. I am constantly seeking involvement in projects that concern the human condition and social justice issues. In addition to my graphic design training I have attended many nonprofit photography workshops where I have collaborated with charitable organizations using photography to appeal to donors and raise awareness for their cause. I have been fortunate enough to have world-renowned photographers the likes of David Allen Harvey, Preston Gannaway, Shelby Lee Adams and Sarah Stacke review and critique my portfolio. My affiliations include: The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), North Carolina Press Photographers Association (NCPPA), The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and the Asheville Area Arts Council. I am available for assignment or project collaboration.

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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.