Kevin J Mellis is a Canadian Large Format Photographer who started creating photographs as an art form after graduating from the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts in March 2012. He continued on to obtain his Masters in Fine Art through the University of Calgary in 2015. He initially learned photography using a digital camera and then has since shifted to an analog process. He now exclusively uses a large format view camera to create all of his work - black and white film and the wet plate collodion process. His motivation stems from a profound need to connect more deeply to both the process and to his subjects. His artistic intention is to create images, predominately portraits and landscapes, which evoke a deep sense of emotionality and timeless sensibility. His work is heavily influenced by his concurrent profession as a Medical Social Worker on the critical care team at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He works directly with individuals and their families who often find themselves in crises directly stemming from sudden and unexpected illnesses and physical traumas (car accidents, shootings, and stabbings). Sadly, such incidences often lead to severe injury or death. He has been a witness to thousands of deaths since 2007 when he first started working on the trauma team. He supports each family member through such life changing moments. Kevin also draws considerable artistic influence from great master photographers, such as Sally Mann, Nan Goldin, Keith Carter and Sebastião Salgado all of whom create works that are deeply personal and introspective. As a visual artist, he seeks to create images that engage the viewer and to offer them time and space for reflection, contemplation, and solitude.