Dennis Scott’s fascination with photography started when he was around 12 years old, with a Kodak Brownie camera, and grew from there. Photography combines both his artistic and mechanical talents, just as his profession, architecture, does. “To produce high-level photographs requires me to travel somewhere where I can leave the daily to-do list back home and concentrate on photography. For me, it can be as close as Harlow’s nightclub in Midtown Sacramento and as far away as South Africa. Presently, my commitment is mostly expressed in environmental portraiture, and journalistic photography related to nature and architecture."
The images in Angkor Views come from a body of work undertaken at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Beng Mealea, Preah Khan, and Ta Prohm, a World Heritage Site, in the Siem Reap Region of Cambodia. The work represents Scott’s feeling for the antiquity, craftsmanship, and architecture of the temples created by the Khmer people during the 10th through 12th centuries. “I wanted to capture the mood of the unique architectural spaces through the use of selective perspective and tonality in the prints.”
In 1970 Dennis Scott was introduced to the 4 x 5 view camera in an advanced photography class at Cal Poly and was hooked on the quality of the images he could make. After graduation, he came to Sacramento and joined the Sierra Camera Club. There, he made photographic friends that he could travel with, mostly photographing scenics, nature, architecture, and ghost towns, using his view camera. The photographs in this show owe their heritage to his days shooting ghost towns. Dennis maintains that many of the feelings and moods at the Angkor temples are similar to the ones he experienced in the ghost towns of the American West. They are monuments to cultures and events of the past.
Not present in this exhibit, but very much a part of Scott’s photographic life, is a lively, edgy, photographic interest in music shows and musicians. It started when a friend at work, after seeing Dennis’s images in the lobby at the State Parks and Recreation building, asked him to photograph the friend’s band, live, at a show in Old Sacramento. The music photography grew as he met other bands at the shows.
The exhibited images were made on a Viewpoint-sponsored workshop trip led by Rick Murai. Scott used a Pentax 645z digital camera to produce the photographs.
Dennis Scott — Tree, Preah Khan
Dennis Scott — Two Monks, Preah Khan
Dennis Scott — Window Figure, Preah Khan