AUBURN, Indiana--Years of frail health and life threatening illness have awakened auburn photographer Ellen England to those things in life many take for granted…like the color in a solitary leaf…or patterns on a harvested wheat field….or the delicate structure of a dragonfly’s wing. England has Marfan Syndrome and has undergone several dangerous heart surgeries, and though her health is frail her lifelong love for photography is very healthy.
“I like finding beauty in things where you don’t expect it,” she explains. “It’s a way of sharing the beauty that you see without necessarily having any drawing talent, which I don’t.”
England developed her photography skills as a student at DeKalb High School and DePauw University..spent her years living in California developing her eye for pictures. Since retiring from the California library system and moving back to Auburn, she’s focused on the beauty of flowers and insects and birds, the things that await us all just outside our back door…even the simplest of things like a leaf stain on a sidewalk, or the paw print of a dog.
“I let the dogs out and it just started snowing and I looked down and there was a dog footprint in the snow and I thought ‘that’s a picture’.”
England’s work is very much in demand…she sells prints of her images for framing and creates beautiful greeting cards. And everything she does carries with it the same message….all the inspiration you need to carry on, to persevere even in the face of adversity… is right before your eyes. All you have to do, is look. This is Eric Olson reporting.
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