You already know actor and all around very hot person Jay Ellis from his time playing Blue on The Game. You may also be watching him as Lawrence on Issa Rae’s new HBO show Insecure, where he’s both funny, heartbreakingly sensitive and one half of an extremely complicated relationship. You may also just know him for being a super sexy dude (sample Instagram comments: “have my babies;” “come to Sweden so we can go on a date;” “that shower scene… whew!”). And if you needed more context, BET.com even has this handy list of facts you don’t know about him!
But did you also know that Jay Ellis is low-key a good photographer? Probably not. And that's because he publishes his photographs on a secret Instagram account.
On his secondary Instagram account, @theworldaroundje, Ellis chronicles, well, the world around him, generally focusing on exterior shots and landscapes.
Ellis’s account not only proves that his life is pretty excellent — the images document his extensive travels, from The Hamptons to Rome to South Africa — but also that he has a solid grasp of the craft. His photographs are expertly composed and, if we do so ourselves (and we do), he has a great feel for texture with an excellent attention to detail and color.
This bike in Croatia has a Henri Cartier-Bresson vibe:
We would gladly drive down this road with Jay Ellis:
So there you have it: Jay Ellis has a very lovely side hustle. If you were trying to keep it a secret, Jay, we're sorry for outing you but it was just too good not to share!
(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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