Framing America's Wilderness
An exhibit of Adam Scott's photos, on display in Macy Gallery, will benefit the TC Education Zone Partnership
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Scott, who rock-climbs, snowshoes and backpacks to reach his chosen locations, sees himself as "a reactionary photographer." He prides himself on using no digital manipulation to capture "the wonders of the North American landscape as they really are." For Darlyne Bailey, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Teachers College, that's precisely why Scott's work fits in with the mission of the TC Education Zone Partnership, a collaborative effort between the College and New York City that includes the TC Reading and Writing Project (led by Professor Lucy Calkins) TC Reading Buddies, the Heritage School, the New Teacher Academy, the National Academy for Excellent Teaching (led by Dr. Douglas Wood), and other projects.
"It's important to bring this kind of beauty into our urban consciousness," Bailey says. "There's a bigger world out there than the city that Adam captures and invites us into."
Scott worked as a computer software engineer until he was caught in the dot-com flameout of the late ï¿½90s. To gather his thoughts, he went on a 70-day camping trip, taking photos all the while. When he came back and showed the photos around, he said, "people kept pointing to certain ones, so I decided to put them up for sale -- and they sold."
Scott said he wanted to travel so he could "understand the ecosystems, topography and environmental geography of
Scott now wants to continue his goal of bringing the wilderness to the people through a form of art therapy, donating prints to hospital rooms, senior citizen's homes, and other places where the residents may not be able to enjoy the outdoors for themselves.
The gallery, located on the fourth floor of Macy Hall, is free and open to the public. Scott will donate a percentage of proceeds from sales of his photos to the TC Education Zone Partnership. Many of his images can be viewed online at http://www.adamscottphotos.com.