John Ellert has been photographing the natural world for nearly half a century. He has been drawn to natural beauty for as long as he can remember, and longer if one may credit the stories told by adults who knew him as a child. He studies photography with Boyd Norton, Nancy Rotenberg, Andre Gallant, and Freeman Patterson. Through their influence, he has developed great interest in how the mind reconstructs the visual field, filling in selectively from the information presented by the eyes. Thus, his work revolves around understanding rather than seeing. He works in landscapes grand as well as intimate, flowers, wildlife, and abstract subjects and moods. He continually seeks out the emotional underpinnings to formal elements present in his subjects. He takes great joy in pursuing unique qualities of light, and has traveled extensively and photographed throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, and South America. Counted among his favorite places are the Great Plains, visually similar East Africa and Tuscany, the Galapagos Islands, Southeast Alaska, the Colorado mountains, and the coasts, forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Ellert has been accepted in numerous juried exhibitions and his work has been featured in several Midwest galleries and exhibitions. His works may be found in private collections throughout the United States and Canada. He leads photo tours in both the U.S. and Italy.
Gallery XII in Wichita represents his work. He holds memberships in the North American Nature Photography Association, Great Plains Nature Photographers, The Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club.
After childhood in Michigan, Mr. Ellert lived for periods of time in Virginia, California, Colorado, Montana and Illinois. He also lived for a portion of his student years in Germany. He holds an undergraduate degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in music history. He and his wife have resided in Wichita, Kansas since 1978.
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