Carl Ellis was born and raised in Erie Pennsylvania and earned his BFA in photography, at Edinboro University in 1991. He moved to New York City in 1992.
Camera in hand, he had hopes of becoming a commercial photographer.
He began his professional career at a pre-press house in New York City where he learned the commercial aspects of the industry: from duping film, to account management, and everything in between; including managing a commercial photography studio.
Through this experience he soon realized Commercial Photography was not for him. He now manages the retouching department at one of New York City’s largest advertising agencies, and keeps photography on a more personal level.
Carl focuses on the Natural World, but doesn’t limit himself to Mother Nature. Most of his work is considered abstract or contemporary. His shooting style combines vivid color, motion, and blur. Rarely using a flash, he prefers natural or existing light.
In addition to his fine art work, Carl recently began exploring the many possibilities of shooting for NGO’s.
On a volunteer basis, he will travel and shoot, handing his work over at the end of each assignment. After his first trip to Uganda, he certainly hopes to continue this work in the future.
Carl exhibits his work whenever the opportunity presents itself.