Nathan Ely is a photographer whose practice is an intersection of scientific and historic/alternative photographic image making. His work explores photography’s unique relation to light, space and time – possessing an “objective intelligence”, the camera has a connection to the real in the way that “things in themselves” give off their reflected form.
Nathan’s most recent body of work comes from interdisciplinary research using an electron microscope as the starting point for the production of carefully made sublime representations of nature. The work is meant to present a philosophical perspective through the scientific apparatus of the microscope, drawing analogies between micro and macro space, and de-centering human perspective in order to change our perceived scale to the natural universe.
Nathan is from Upstate NY. He has BA in Film and Photography from Binghamton University and recently completed his MFA from the University at Buffalo.