We couldn’t be more thrilled that Scott David Gordon is participating in Face Value. His enthusiasm for his work, and positivity are infectious and inspiring. He has his own fantastic blog where he has been interviewing the subjects from his panoramic series. We sat down with him to find out more about his inspirations, motivations, and the work itself. Enjoy!
How did you get started?
Right at the end of High School I started shooting slide film with my Dad’s Canon AE-1. Those little square transparent images were magic to me and I thought then that photography could be something I could choose as a life pursuit.
Who or what has had a major impact on your career as an artist?
My grandmother’s brother was a painter and a hermit at the end of his life. I have seen his paintings hanging on the wall my whole life. Once I started getting into drawing and art as a kid I had a belief that somehow his talent must have been passed down to me and that it was in my blood.
Describe a typical day in the studio.
Nowadays a photographer spends a lot of time in front of the computer. A lot of my work is self directed so its really up to me to get out and make it happen. Everyday is different in a way which is a blessing. Otherwise it would get boring.
Tell us a bit about your new work in the show.
These photos came out of an attempt at a year long project to create a panorama everyday for a year. I made it eight months and had to stop because of the huge commitment of time it required. The thing that stuck, that I really enjoyed the most, were the environmental shots of people.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A film and theater actor.
When (if ever) do you feel that a piece is finished?
After a fight with the perfectionist and I convince him to stop obsessing and let it go.
What was your first job?
I worked at a car wash vacuuming out cars.
Single best invention in your opinion.
Because of what I do I have to say the digital camera.
What item would you be lost without?
And now for the most important question: Who would you say has the best margarita in town?
Polvos on South 1st. I haven’t had a lot to compare but I like the whole package.
Face Value opens Saturday September 6 from 7-9pm and runs through October 18, 2014.
There will be an artist talk on Wednesday October 1, from 6-8pm.