A ninth-generation Lunenburg native whose ancestry dates to the town’s founding in 1753, Stephen Ernst has always been interested in two distinct things: the beauty and history of his hometown. As much as his passion for history impressed upon him, it was the allure of the rugged coastline and sea that inspired him to study photography. After three years of the Photography program at the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Stephen returned to Lunenburg, and almost immediately went to work building his Gallery and Studio, S. A. Ernst Photography. 

   Inspired by such past photographers as Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh and W. R. MacAskill, Stephen’s work is largely of the landscapes and seascapes of his Nova Scotia home. Although he does use digital cameras and editing some of the time, many of his photographs are taken with traditional 35mm and 4x5 large-format film, developed and printed in his darkroom, and many times finished with traditional methods, such as the almost obsolete art of hand-colouring. He is also largely interested in historic forms of photography, and has a vast collection of early photographs and cameras, of which he practices historic methods and techniques, some dating back centuries. Along with this, he also offers reproductions of historic Nova Scotian images from his extensive collection.

 S.A. Ernst Photography

Lunenburg from Hospital Hill
Lunenburg from Hospital Hill

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 8"x10" $225.00

Auld Kendal
Auld Kendal

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 11"x14" $295.00

St. Lawrence II in Lunenburg Harbour
St. Lawrence II in Lunenburg Harbour

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 8"x10" $245.00

Storms of Trafalgar
Storms of Trafalgar

Black and White Silver Gelatin Print 11"x14" $265.00

Hillcrest Cemetery, Winter
Hillcrest Cemetery, Winter

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 4"x5" $150.00

River Corrib, Galway
River Corrib, Galway

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 11"x14" $295.00

Lone Dory
Lone Dory

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 8"x10" $225.00

4:35 Whitehall
4:35 Whitehall

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 8"x10" $245.00

Service
Service

Black and White silver gelatin print 11"x14" $265.00

Early Morning Calm
Early Morning Calm

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 8"x10" $245.00

Still Life with Bottles
Still Life with Bottles

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 11"x14" $275.00

The Marble Arch
The Marble Arch

Hand-coloured silver gelatin print 11"x14" $295.00

St. Lawrence II in Lunenburg Harbour
St. Lawrence II in Lunenburg Harbour

Black and White silver gelatin print 8"x10" $225.00

Streets of Cork
Streets of Cork

Sepia-toned silver gelatin print 11"x14" $265.00

Sunrise, Signal Hill NFLD
Sunrise, Signal Hill NFLD

Archival Pigment Print 8"x10" $125.00