Elaine Hunter is a self taught contemporary photographer who was born in the UK and moved to Canada where has lived most of her adult life.
She danced from the age of 3 years old studying ballet, jazz and tap. She was happiest when she was dancing or out in nature enjoying its peacefulness and power. Later she became a school teacher but her heart was always wanting to dance. Movement was and is an important part of her artistic life. Elaine opened her own dance school in Ottawa Canada which she directed for 31 years. As a result of this experience of dance in her life she now creates images of nature dancing, She says, “Movement is a major part of my photographic images, where I used to choreograph my students, now, I Choreograph Nature. ”
Elaine’s experience consists of over 10 years of perfecting her skill and technique in the art of image-making through photographic manipulation. Her images are exciting and captivating. With the advancement of digital photography she has discovered the perfect medium to create dramatic one-of-a-kind images. She says, ” I love the journey from the camera lens to the computer where I create the finished pieces of art.”
Her work is a photographic experiment in search of the illusive world around us. In her latest exhibition, My Chimerical World, Elaine wants to take you to a wildly fanciful terrestrial paradise. Whether it is one plant, an ocean or a mountain range, it is her intention to make you wonder if the visions that she created were actually there when the photograph was taken. She works with the idea of there being many dimensions and her imagination creates some of them for us to see.
Elaine received an award of excellence in Ed Wedmans Exhibition Without Walls, a juried on line competition. Several of her images are in the Admiral Lounges in JFK and Miami airports and she has her Pine Tree images decorating many rooms in the newly renovated Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Her photography was also selected as part of the Celebrate BC Day in 2013. She has exhibited in galleries in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast in B C Canada as well as New York, California and Europe.
Elaine has goals for her photographic images, and stated “My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.”
She now lives in BC, Canada where she produces her work in her home studio in Halfmoon Bay.