Scott Barnes is a printmaker with a Master's Degree in painting. Photography has often been a means to document objects or events for later research, and use in drawings, prints, or paintings. Scott has been behind the camera lens since eighth grade, when he was introduced to black and white photography in a summer camp dark room. Photography was integrated into high school graphics classes, and although the majority of art classes in school and after school focused on drawing and painting, his parent's high school graduation gift was a 35mm SLR. (HIs parents bought him a digital SLR upon completion of his MFA in painting).
An avid whitewater kayaker and general outdoor enthusiast, Scott Barnes' images have been used in several industry publications including monthly magazines/journals, advertisements, manufacturer brochures and websites, guide books, and calendars. Scott's work reflects a love for adventure and an intimate knowledge of his natural environment.
Exploration of the polymer gravure process began as a way for Scott to work with his preferred process of intaglio print-making, without using hazardous acids and solvents. The first plates mimicked his drawings and traditional print-making methods. As his skills improved, Scott realized that the process could add special atmosphere, to photographs, that would assist the narrative in each image. The photographs have ceased being digital source material for other art work. They stand on their own as a testament to life's inquisitive exploration; a record of the phenomena of experiences shared by Scott Barnes and his friends.
"I enjoy the simultaneously contemporary and anachronistic aspect of polymer photo gravure. It gives me a feeling of connection to my life as it is today, and the lives of people in the past."