John Ellert will present “Working With Light” at the meeting of the Fourth Tuesday Photography group at 7 p.m. today at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.


John Ellert will present “Working With Light” at the meeting of the Fourth Tuesday Photography group at 7 p.m. today at Newton Public Library, 720 N. Oak.

Light is the photographer’s most essential tool, yet one very difficult to use well. Light is ubiquitous and thus easily discounted by the casual photographer. Yet, effective use of the available light will make or break a photograph.

The outdoor photographer is largely at the mercy of the existing light conditions and must be able to evaluate those conditions to know how best to use them as well as what kind of photographs will work best in that situation.

In his program, nature and travel photographer John Ellert will talk about various kinds of light and show examples from his work of how he uses it to good advantage in heighten the impact of the photograph.

John Ellert has been photographing the natural world for nearly a half 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 young child. He studied photography with Boyd Norton, Nancy Rotenberg, André 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 photographing throughout the United States, Europe, Africa and South America. Counted among his favorite places are the Great Plains, visually similar East Africa and Tuscany, the Galápagos Islands, Southeast Alaska, the Colorado mountains, and the coasts, forests, and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Ellert has participated 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.

His work is represented by Gallery XII in Wichita. He holds memberships in the North American Nature Photography Association, Great Plains Nature Photographers, The Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. He and his wife have resided in Wichita since 1978.

This program is free and open to the public.