Photographer Grant Ellis hails from the Delta of Mississippi, and he has a BFA from the Memphis College of Art. Currently, he works as the Lead Photographer for the World Bank Group. Some of his work his collected at the Museum of The City of New York.
How did your interest in your medium begin and how did you arrive at your current style?
My photography began in Mississippi. My Dad gave me his camera to use on my little road trips around the Delta.
How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?
I think this work is kinda based on that question. I had to make this work. I had a connection to this place and needed to document it.
How do you choose your subjects?
In this body of work it's based on what I knew about the environment. What I believe makes this area unique and beautiful.
Who have been some of your biggest influences or your best teachers?
W. Eugene Smith, William Eggleston, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and fashion photographers like Peter Lindbergh for expressions and light.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of?
NO! The worst part of art is talking about it with peers.
Where do you go to draw inspiration?
Movies are very inspiring.
Do you feel creatively satisfied?
No, life gets in the way.
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
I went back to shooting 35mm film and am working on urban landscapes.
These images are from Ellis' project Bless Your Heart, and are included in a limited edition photo book of the same name, available to purchase here. -Ed.