Mark Ellis has been photographing the magnificent Adirondacks, other American landscapes, and portraits for nearly 3 decades. A former North Country Community College student and a graduate of the NY State University College at Oswego, he concentrated in photography culminating with an independent study in art history. Along with exhibiting throughout the North Country, Mark’s professional work to date has ranged from commissioned portraiture, photograph restoration and enhancement through digital conversion of aged photographs, advertising photography and photo enlargements. Additionally Mark does custom matting and framing of images and objects of an individual’s unique interest.
Along with his conventional photographs, Mark also captures images with pinhole cameras – homemade cardboard box cameras (also known as “camera obscuras”) that utilize a mere pinhole as a lens. To complement his work, Mark has constructed the Adirondack’s first known room-sized Camera Obscura on the shore of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. Upon entering this giant camera, guests are treated not only to unique views of Lake Flower and the surrounding area, but also experience techniques used by Renaissance artists such as Vermeer.
Living part time in Manhattan over the last decade, Mark has drawn together a collection of urban images for this exhibit, many of which hold historical relevance.