APC Featured Photographer of the Month – Ella Jeans

Ajax Photography Club

Looking for some photographic inspiration? Look no further then the current members of the APC. Each month a different APC member will be featured and we will provide a glimpse into their photographic life.

This month, our featured photographer is Ella Jeans.

Bio:

I was fortunate to grow up in a home where both parents loved wildlife and the great outdoors.  Growing up in that environment built a very strong foundation rooted in nature.
I was a child when my mother first let me use her camera and I was hooked. At eighteen, I bought my first camera and realized I needed help to understand it so I signed up at Humber College and took photography at night.

For my 19th birthday, my mom offered me an incredible present … a trip to Frobisher Bay in Nunavut, Canada, or a zoom lens.
I have yet to see the awe-inspiring land of the midnight sun.

I started out photographing race cars at Mosport, Shannonville and the Molson Indy (as it was called way back then).  I was a mechanic and an amateur race car driver for years.  Just as I was about to race professionally, I was involved in a serious car accident (on the highway of all places) that left me permanently disabled.

For many years I put down my camera and thought I was done, but my deep love of nature and the experiences I had are what got me back in to photography.  It became a powerful healing tool on my road to where I am today.

Nature is where I find my deepest sense of peace, stillness, joy and healing.

  • How would you describe your photography style?
    I would say I’m a Nature Photographer,  I’ll photography anything in nature.  While I’ve tried other forms of photography, Nature is what feeds my soul.
  • Which photographer is your biggest inspiration?
    My cousin Sandra Strangemore.  As teenagers, she was well rooted in photography and took me on a few trips and taught me a lot about it.
  • How long have you been interested in photography?
    Since I was 8 or 9.  My passion has always leaned towards Black & White.
  • What was your first camera?
    Yashika FX3 35mm
  • What  is  your  dream  photo  trip?
    The Galapagos Islands and Scotland.

More of Ella’s work can be found on her Website:  www.ellajeans.ca

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