Who is Scott Smorra?
Scott Smorra is an Oregon based photographer who creates finely crafted landscape and nature photography in wilderness areas throughout the world.
Why Does Scott Create Art?
Photography provides Scott with a medium to expressively communicate his feelings about experiences in the wilderness. Sometimes he finds words are inadequate to describe these emotions, but photography provides a way for him to effectively express himself. His goal is to convey a feeling of peaceful calm through his photographs and to make the viewer feel some of that positive energy. He is passionate about creating fine art prints of his images and is always excited when someone connects with his artistic vision and considers hanging a print on their wall.
The wilderness has been a source of inspiration for Scott since he was a child. When he was young, he spent time exploring the wildlands of Arizona and Canada with his Dad and Uncle and during those adventures, he developed a profound appreciation for the wilderness. He realized its importance as a place to recharge and clear the mind from all the distractions of modern life. As he grew older, his love of the wilderness flourished and he spent much of his free time hiking, backpacking, climbing and snowshoeing. He would often bring a point and shoot camera along on these journeys so he could share the photos with his friends and family when he returned home. He really enjoyed photographing nature, but quickly became frustrated by the disconnect between what the camera captured versus what he experienced in the wilderness. In 2009, Scott decided he wanted to improve his photography and realized the best way to do this was to start learning landscape photography techniques and to upgrade his equipment to a digital SLR camera and lenses. After many years of practice, he learned the key elements of composition and how to use camera field techniques and post processing methods to give his images depth and 3 dimensionality. He also learned how to read the weather and the light to determine the best times to photograph his subjects. After obtaining these skills, he noticed he could finally use his photography to communicate the emotions he experienced while traveling through the wilderness.
Each one of Scott's images represents his own creative interpretation of a memorable experience in the wilderness. The places and subjects in his images are all real, but he chooses not to represent them in a documentary/photojournalistic style. He is drawn to the beauty, emotions and moods of nature and his goal is to expressively communicate his feelings about these experiences. He seeks to establish meaningful connections with the places and subjects he photographs and aspires to show the viewer why these places are important to him and why they are worth preserving for future generations. He feels his most successful images are the ones that represent something beyond the obvious and are able to communicate a message to the viewer without using any words or explanation. Scott enjoys photography immensely and often finds himself in a state of "flow" when creating in the field or developing his images during post processing. The flow state is a desirable position for creatives where they are fully engaged and immersed in their work and time often seems to just melt away.
Scott believes the best way to experience his artwork is through viewing a fine art Lumachrome TruLife® acrylic or Lumachrome HD paper print. Since 2009, he has been dedicated to bringing the wilderness experience to the homes of families and collectors through his fine art prints. Although his online images are beautiful, there is simply no comparison to a fine art print hanging on the wall. In today’s fast-paced digital world, there is something special about slowing down and exploring the details of a large fine art print.
To demonstrate his commitment to preserving wild lands, Scott is a member of 1% for the Planet and he donates a minimum of 1% of the proceeds from print sales to wilderness conservation organizations. The wilderness has enriched his life immensely, so he feels it is only fair to give back to the places he loves so much. He believes the human species has a vital connection to the wilderness and the health and future of the planet is dependent on access to wild places. He is also a member of the Nature First Photography Alliance and practices Leave No Trace principles while photographing in the field.
Thanks so much for visiting Scott's website! He truly appreciates you taking the time to learn more about him and browse through the online galleries. Hopefully, when you view his images you feel like you are stepping out into wilderness on your own adventure! Please don't hesitate to contact Scott if you have any questions.
Awards, Publications & Presentations
- 90 minute Zoom presentation titled, "The Art and Science of Landscape Photography" presented to the Forest Grove Camera Club
- Book Cover: "The Pity Heart" by Dwight Holing. Image used on the cover is "Frigid" from the Alvord Desert of Oregon
- Selected as one of "13 Landscape Photographers to Follow in 2018" on Capture Landscapes
- Highly Honored (Top 10 Image) 2017 Winland Smith Rice Awards, Nature's Best Photography Magazine - "Veratrum and Wildflowers"
- Top 100 Image, NANPA's Showcase 2017 Competition - "Alvord Desert Sunrise", "Veratrum and Wildflowers" Top 250 Image "Last Light"
- Runner Up, Wildands Category - 2016 Oregon Wild Photo Contest - "Light My Way"
- Print Exhibition July/August - 14 framed fine art prints on display at Clark's Bistro and Pub in Hillsboro, Oregon.
- NANPA's Showcase 2016 Competition Top 100 Image - "Frigid" The image is also featured in the NANPA Membership Promotional Video.
- Editor's Choice - 500px.com - "Frigid", "Disappearing Act", "Stands in Silence"
- Publication - Oregon Wild Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Vol 41, No. 2 - "Morning Reflections" and "Luminance"
- Finalist - Pushing Reality Photography Exhibition at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon. "Oregon Countryside", "Rowena Sunrise" and "Winter's Warmth"
- Runner Up - 2013 Oregon Wild Photo Contest - "Luminance", "Morning Reflections"
- "Luminance" and "Morning Reflections" were featured on KATUs AM Northwest program in a segment titled, "How to Photograph Mother Nature"
- 2nd Honorable Mention - Nature Photographers Network Editors Pick Awards - "Morning View"
- Publication - Oregon Wild Magazine Winter/Spring 2012 Vol 39, No. 1 - "Alvord Desert Sunrise"
- Winner, Wildands Category - 2011 Oregon Wild Photo Contest - "Alvord Desert Sunrise"
- Publication - Oregon Wild Magazine Winter/Spring 2011 Vol 38, No. 1 - "Alpenglow, Mt Hood"
- Honorable Mention, Wildlands Category - 2010 Oregon Wild Photo Contest - "Veratrum and Wildflowers"