Welcome to Tasteless Photography: ironically named and utterly tasteful images by Eli Ren.
In addition to being an available domain name, I enjoy the irony. Looking at my images, do you see anything tasteless about them? I seek to capture the world in all its stunning detail, while at the same time maintaining a sense of humour. I figure the name should reflect that. Remember: Don’t take life too seriously… you will never make it out alive.
I was born in Roanoke, VA, where I grew up exploring the mountains for most of my childhood. My parents were instrumental in exposing me to everything the outdoors had to offer, taking me hiking and exploring in the woods since the time I could first walk; finding salamanders under rocks and chewing on sassafras stems. At the same time I was developing a love of the outdoors, I was also developing a love for sports in the outdoors. My parents first started me skiing when I was only three years old, caving when I was four, canoing when I was five, backpacking when I was seven, mountain biking when I was eight, rock climbing when I was eleven, and kayaking when I was fifteen. I have since pursued my interests in many of these sports, becoming highly skilled and able to go places most cannot, whether it be exploring virgin cave or kayaking some of the hardest whitewater in the world. I am able to take my camera with me, documenting the adventures and lifestyles of the people out there, pushing the limits of what is possible.
My approach to Photography:
I studied art throughout high school and college, graduating from Davidson College in 2005 with a BA in Studio Art. Throughout my studies, I developed a keen eye for design and composition. I bring that same eye for art to my work as a photographer. In the same way Duchamp found his “readymades,” I find my images. There are great images around us all the time, you just have to see the world in a special way. The camera allows me to share my vision and let others view the world as I do. I see photography as my art-form. Every image, regardless of subject-matter, should be a work of art, in and of its own.