BioScott Norris is a fine art photographer and environmental science writer. Born in Berkeley, California, he holds master’s degrees in biology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He views his photographic practice as an extended inquiry into the nature of being human in a time of mass extinction and massive unpredictability. His approach over the past several years has been strongly influenced by readings in phenomenology, and environmental and feminist philosophy, resulting in a series of projects investigating self and subjectivity, male body and landscape, and the paradoxes of self-portraiture. His work has been shown widely in group shows in the US and Europe. Scott currently lives in northern California with his wife and son.
Artist's StatementMy 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.