Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Bell.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I received my first camera at about age 8 and it was shaped like Mickey Mouse! I loved taking pictures with that thing and I still have it. As I got older I would play in our basement setting up a makeshift still life setup using any light source I could get my hands on; slide projectors, flashlights etc. I think this really taught me how to see light at an early age and also to work with what you have available.
I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where I received a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Art) degree in Commercial Photography. The program was extremely technical in nature. I felt like it took years after graduating to regain my creative edge that got lost in all the details. The technical stuff is good to know and some of it comes in handy today but digital has made a lot of what I had to learn obsolete. Still, there are definitely moments where I have turned back to old textbooks to relearn some things I hadn’t paid enough attention to back then.
One of the classes that I absolutely hated was a yearlong class on the History of Art. It was hours of sitting in a darkened room looking at slides of art from all periods. Tough class to stay awake in! As I started “designing” photos instead of “taking” photos I realized that the old masters had something to teach me, so I spent time exploring light, composition and color in the art. I think it really paid off and changed the way I approach a photograph
Please tell us about your art.
My work is geared more towards the commercial market and recently that has had me working more with athletes of various types, photographing what they do best. Often these images are staged to better capture the action at its peak and to get an angle that is more “in your face” than you would be able to get in real life. This allows the viewer a more intimate view of the action and creates a more dynamic image.
One of my personal projects is a series I call “Girl in Danger”. It is a series of images based on the idea of what dangers women might face in our society. Some are real, some are more comical in nature. They are shot in a graphic novel kind of style to accentuate the action. They are a little “dark” in nature but that’s what danger is.
On a lighter note, I love shooting travel and have done so for many years. Great excuse to hit the road and see some beautiful things!
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
You are right, it can be lonely. I’m fortunate that on shoots I usually have a crew of people to work with but in between projects it can be a lot of alone time in front of a computer. I think the best advice is to join a group of people in your field and make a point to get together to discuss things. It could be just reaching out to other artists you might know of and setting up a time to meet for coffee. I have found my conversations with other photographers to be an extremely valuable source of information and inspiration. It can also be therapeutic to share concerns and frustrations and know you are not alone.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website www.scottbellphotography.com is the best place.
My blog if you want to hear more about what I do scottthephotographer.com
I also have stock images available through Gallery Stock in New York City.
- Website: www.scottbellphotography.com
- Phone: 954-232-3167
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/scottbellphotography
- Other: www.scottthephotographer.com