Today we’d like to introduce you to R. Scott Elgram.
R. Scott, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Northern California but grew up in Southern California. As a kid, my parents ran a string of photo labs in the area and abroad but I never picked up a camera. I guess the timing just wasn’t right.
As I grew up I developed a passion for music, joined in a couple of bands, did some tours and contributed to an album or two. After that had run its course I turned to something I knew I was good at…computers. The next twelve years of my life were spent as a software engineer working the nine-to-five grind with everyone else. Then, at the whim of a dear friend, I discovered yoga and started to feel the pull of the universe toward something different.
A year later I met an amazing woman who handed me a camera and said “Take a picture”. There was confusion and apprehension but when that shutter clicked everything became clear and I knew what needed to be done.
As an Eagle Scout I am an avid outdoorsman, conservationist and general lover of nature. There is beauty in this world everywhere I look. With a camera in my hand I try to capture that beauty every chance I get and share it with the world.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am mainly a landscape photographer based in Rancho Santa Margarita CA but my passion for photography and the power of a photograph extends beyond just a beautiful pristine landscape. As an Eagle Scout and avid lover of nature I try to capture photographs that show people the beauty in nature and make them want to get out and experience it for them self’s. I try not to define my work by telling people what they should take away from it, but rather, I want to create images that pull at people and make them think about the beauty that is out there in the world and hopefully inspire them to seek out, explore and experience the serine natural beauty of nature in person. With any luck, what they see and experience will make them think about what they could do to preserver what they saw for future generations. The enemy of ignorance is knowledge and experience is the greatest teacher there is.
While Landscapes and nature are my main focus I try to admire and capture beauty everywhere. With my camera in hand I try to capture all the beauty I see in this world. And while this may seem contradictory at first, this also includes man made things, like a beautiful city-scape at sunset or the lights of a city skyline at night.
Even though so much of today’s metropolitan landscapes encroach on nature and so much has been lost I want to combat the traditional man versus nature mentality and the thinking that man must overcome nature that seems so prevalent in the human condition. We can be in this world without fighting against it and bending it to our will. We all came from a place of harmony with nature thousands of years ago; we can get that back even with all our paved roads and towering skyscrapers.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I haven’t been on this path for very long either. In many ways I think this question should be reversed and I should be soliciting advice from other people. What I’ve learned so far is to, above all, stay true to yourself, your vision and your voice. But do what you can while still paying the bills and putting food on the table. It’s easy to get frustrated when things seem to go slowly, you’re not where you think you need to be or you feel like you’re stuck. It’s important to stay true to your art and not give in to those pressures. The universe has a funny way of giving back what you put out there. If you stick to what you love and stay true to yourself things will start to fall into place when they need to…not when you need them to. Just be open to those opportunities and ready jump on them when you see them.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Some of my work makes it to my website, where I have prints for sale. But I encourage people to engage me and my work through social media. I am very active with my photography on Instagram and somewhat on Facebook.
- Website: www.RScottElgramPhotography.com
- Email: RScottElgramPhotography@gmail.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/RScottElgramPhotography
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/RScottElgramPhotography