Scott Norris: Transience—Notes from Northern Europe

Exhibit Dates: 
Monday, Oct. 6 to Friday, Oct. 31
Artist Reception: 
Friday, Oct. 10 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
2nd Saturday Opening: 
Saturday, Oct. 11 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

In October, the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint will feature an exhibit of color photographs by Scott Norris, Transience – Notes from Northern Europe.

“Some things, some moments, we tend to think of as fleeting—others enduring,” Norris observes. “Yet I sometimes find that while traveling—perhaps because of my own transitory and ungrounded state—a sense of the ephemeral seems ever-present. I think photography, as a mode of seeing, can be particularly instructive in helping to reveal the contingent, transient nature of our perceptions, and our world.”

The images in this series were taken during two extended stays in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and parts of southern Norway. “In their varied subject matter,” says Norris, “they depict a singularity of mood or feeling which accompanied me on my travels—a sense of ongoing revelation and disappearance. From the ebb and flow of urban life to the brevity of the northern European summer, or from the palpable transience of history to the uncertain trajectory of our climatologic future, the same quality of impermanence balances on the fulcrum of the present moment.”

Scott Norris is a fine art photographer and award-winning science and environmental writer based in Sacramento. His photography is the latest stage in a life-long inquiry that has encompassed studies in cultural anthropology, poetry, and ecological science. For many years he was a regular contributor to a number of print and online publications, including BioScience, New Scientist, Conservation, and National Geographic News.  Born in Berkeley, he holds master’s degrees in biology and anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He is also the editor and publisher of Discovered Country: Tourism and Survival in the American West. His website is


Scott Norris: Copenhagen Zoo (pigment inkjet print, 2013)


Scott Norris: Oslo (pigment inkjet print, 2013)


Scott Norris: Bike Path to Marken (pigment inkjet print, 2012)

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