Scott Norris is a fine art photographer and freelance science writer based in northern California. His photography is the latest stage in a life-long inquiry that has encompassed studies in cultural anthropology, poetry and ecological science. As a science journalist, he has been a regular contributor to a number of print and online publications including Conservation and National Geographic News. Born in Berkeley, California, he holds master’s degrees in biology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He is the editor and publisher of Discovered Country: Tourism and Survival in the American West. Scott currently lives in Sacramento with is wife and son.
My photography is driven simply by my personal search for meaning, and by the desire to give some concrete form to my own particular world view. I see photography as a tool for both documentary and philosophical investigation, as well as a vehicle for artistic expression. For the most part my practice consists of two elements. One is compositional, conceptual, multi-image works that explore the relationship between my own subjective awareness and the non-subjective. My projects in this realm are part internal narrative, part visual poetry, and part speculative depiction of the relationships between mind, body, and the external world. The second main thread of work consists of more explicitly place-based landscape photography. My interest here is in the representation of landscape in what might be considered its anthropological and existential aspects, and the tension between the two.