Tampa-based photographer, Kristin Ellis is quite adept at the supernatural practice of transporting people to places they’ve never been before or will never have the opportunity to go through photography. Her social media accounts are rife with beautiful landscapes from places like Yosemite National Park, and her clever captions further her art in providing a down to earth means by which people can associate and relate to her photography. If you venture further to her website, kristinellisphoto.com, then you can also find lessons she’s learned while traveling taking pictures around the country. All in all, her online presence, with her photography and poetry, radiate an aura of likeability, while her pictures stand for themselves as their own works of art.
“Photography means freedom to view the world through one’s own eyes. A place can be shot hundreds of thousands of times but all look completely different because of the way they were shot.”
Kristin Ellis’ Instagram page is filled with candid captions, describing how she was feeling when her pictures were taken. As someone who follows other photographers that don’t do the same strategy, I thought it was interesting and inviting to the humanity behind the pictures. “I really try to bring my viewers to the exact moment the photo was captured,” she tells me. “Sometimes I will add a few sentences describing how I felt at the time or events that lead up to the photo to try and paint an even bigger picture. I love good writing, especially poetry, and how it presents a deeper meaning. As a matter of fact, my all time favorite poet is John Muir. His work embodies the natural world in such a romantic and even dramatic way.”
“I learn so much from traveling and how it takes me out of my comfort zone. When I visit a new place and go on new adventures, I really want to share those experiences with others and motivate them to try something they wouldn’t normally do, to learn their own personal lessons. For example, on my trip to California my friends and I were faced with the obstacle of finding a camp spot for the night. The office was closed so we couldn’t make reservations. But without a pass we could face a pretty hefty fine. We sought out a park ranger for permission to camp, but he told us the best he could do was allow us permission to sleep in our car for the night. We agreed, parked, went on a hike, and returned to the car to find a white paper on our windshield. We all hesitated to find what fine we received, but, turning the paper over, we realized it wasn’t a fine but instructions from the park ranger to such an epic camping spot. We camped on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. The experience taught me that even though you might be in a tight spot, it will work out in the end.”
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir