Biography - Scott Erickson



Scott Erickson, (that's me), was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.  I began black and white photography as a kid with a hand-me-down Argus C3 camera.  The warm, rich colors of the desert continued to resonate with me as I expanded my artistic eye using film camera equipment ranging from 35 millimeter to 4 x 5 inches.  I believe that my photographs require me to be at the right place, at the right time, which means waiting (sometimes quite a while) until an image is ready to be taken.  I have traveled extensively and currently live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

I now utilize digital capture of visible light and the infrared light spectrum on separate camera bodies.  My black and white, and color photographs retain the fundamental principles of presenting the image as it was viewed at the time of capture.  I rely on composition, light and shadow, and minor digital darkroom adjustments without adding layers or artifacts not present in the original image. You will not see iPhone pictures, selfies', or pictures taken from drones.

I strive to capture a view of the world around us that emphasizes how the changing quality of shadow and light reveal the subtle textures of nature and our world.  My images of people strive to capture a glimpse of the events and experiences that may touch each of us during our own journey through life.  All of my images are meant to serve as a visual repository of beauty and life; to inspire, evoke memories, spark our emotions, and instill hope.

My own life's journey has been one of service.  I retired after 20 years as a police officer and pilot with the Tucson Police Dept.  I then joined the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as an Air Safety Investigator.  My work with the NTSB took me throughout the western U.S., Pacific, and Alaska.  While in Alaska, I spent 14 years with the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group as a volunteer search and rescue member.  I retired after 18 years with the NTSB and sought a warmer climate and sailing in Sequim, Washington.