Biography - Scott Erickson



Scott Erickson, born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, began black and white photography as a youth with a hand-me-down Argus C3 camera.  The warm, rich colors of the desert continued to resonate with him as he expanded his artistic eye using film camera equipment ranging from 35 millimeter to 4 x 5 inches.  Now utilizing digital capture, his black and white and color photographs still retain the fundamental principles of presenting the image as it was viewed by the artist.  He relies on composition and natural light, minimal camera accessories such as polarizers and neutral density filters, and minor digital darkroom adjustments without adding layers or artifacts not present in the original image.

Scott believes that his photographs require one to be at the right place, at the right time.  His photography captures a view of the world around us that emphasizes how light reveals the texture of nature and people.  His landscapes are usually taken near the beginning and end of the day when light and shadow, shape and color merge to produce an image that one can savor as a reminder of the beauty of our world.  His images of people strive to capture a glimpse of the events and experiences occurring during their journey through life.  All of his images are meant to serve as a visual repository of beauty and life to capture inspiration, memories, emotion and hope.

Scott's own life journey has been one of service.  He retired after 20 years as a police officer and pilot with the Tucson Police Dept.  He then joined the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as an Air Safety Investigator.  His work with the NTSB took him throughout the West, Pacific, and Alaska.  While in Alaska, he spent 14 years with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group as a volunteer search and rescue member.  He retired after 18 years with the NTSB and sought a warmer climate in Sequim, Washington, where he is still active in search and rescue as a volunteer.