Scott Fin

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I love to explore hidden, secret, abandoned places and feel compelled to tell their tales through my lens. I sense the storied past and feel led to latent compositions in chaos, neglect and dereliction. The more orphaned a subject, the more inviting and intriguing its narrative. Photography and painting with light allow me to illuminate and share my interpretations, facilitating an experience with the viewer where desires are developed, imaginations inspired, and fantasies kindled. By shooting off the beaten path, my art documents the unknown, catches moments on the fringes of history, and frames the undiscovered. My images exude energy because I, the witness, am everywhere in each of them.

My quest is not only in finding these mystical places — which are frequently just a few steps off of, above, or even under the main stream — but then deciding which chambers to penetrate, which nooks and crannies to reveal, and how to compose and light a scene. Periodically I sense being accompanied as by a force until I feel a tableau before me, which I do not fully see until I arrange the camera and look through the viewfinder a few times; a complete composition might reveal itself entirely formed.

People frequently ask me if that’s “what it really looked like.” No, it’s not; more often than not I can’t see my hand in front of my face because it’s completely dark. My use of vivid colors intentionally evokes positive associations; dancing swirls of light add a sense of levity and playfulness to an otherwise disturbed environment.