Landscape photographer Scott Seiler finds inspiration in community and volunteering – InForum

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FARGO — Fargo-based photographer Scott Seiler is well known in the local art scene for his vast landscape images of North Dakota and Minnesota. His use of lines and geometry is surprisingly emotional and helps to show the individuality of the space he captures with the camera.

The other side of Seiler, an artist who often needs long stints outdoors alone, is a bit more sociable. Whether he’s promoting art in his day-to-day work in Sanford Health’s marketing department, or volunteering as a Fargo-Moorhead visual artist, he’s a board member of the Art Partnership and president of Gallery 4. I am serving. Art, art promotion, and community activities include: The center of his efforts.

As an artist who has succeeded in getting to know the community, we wanted to know a little more about the artist himself. Meet Scott Sailor.

Dandelions at sunset by Scott Sailor.

Contribution / Scott Seiler

Q: Q: Are there any artists who can inspire you?

A: A: Ansel Adams, a photographer who took great black-and-white photographs. Perhaps it was his work that was exciting about photography and what you could do when you were young. It surprises me about the equipment they had at the time. Photographers talk more about the concept of dimensions in their work: proportions and composition. The configuration rules have not changed, but the equipment has changed.

I think some of the early photographers had to go through more to get better pictures than they do today. I also think that many people forget about rules that really help to attract people’s eyes to the subject, such as composition and the rule of thirds.

Maya Angelou was a later inspiration for me. I think it is important to deliver the text. I love listening to her chanting her own poems. There are things that have a big impact, such as changes and pauses, and her message is delivered better and more concisely.

Q: Q: Who are the local artists you admire?

A: A: I think they are all inspirational to me. With more established artists, I love to see what they’ve done over the years and how they’ve grown. For new artists, I’m intrigued by the different concepts they come up with. They always have stories that tell stories about their art. I like that. I’m not a painter — I can’t paint for my life — so I’m intrigued by those who do. How they paint freehand, what their concept is, how to add layers and grow. It’s just amazing, so I try to absorb it as much as possible. Every day I try to learn something new about art. I just try to keep my eyes open.

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Christmas day frost shot by Scott Sailor in 2019.

Contribution / Scott Seiler

Q: Q: What is your favorite way to find creative inspiration?

A: A: It is dangerous to drive. It’s only my time and I process so much information that it’s very visually appealing. Driving is probably more creative because the roads are clean, the roads are wide, the spaces are wide and you can think twice. I came up with a lot of concepts, so when I arrived at the shooting location, I thought about it. How can you introduce this landscape in a different way than other photographers have done before? How can you really show the beauty of the landscape? “

Q: Q: What if you feel unstimulated?

A: A: Martini? just kidding! Especially today, people are full of messages, and the brain is so overwhelmed that sometimes we just need to have some downtime. I think you don’t have to do anything. Or you might take a walk, ride a bike, or drive a car. Those are some of the things I don’t have to think about. I go constantly, and that downtime allows me to recover, rest, and then return to work.

Q: Q: Is there anything you want people to know about your art?

A: A: The biggest thing to know is that each of my photos has a story to tell, whether it’s a personal story to me, a geographical location in the state, or an accidental encounter. about it. When I talk to people about my work, they love to talk about them. It is “Why did you do that?” Or, “What inspired you?” And often they have similar experiences that they would speak on their side. It’s not just a conversational trigger, it’s an interaction, it’s almost a combined experience of a shared story.

Find the local artist Scott Seiler on Facebook or his website

Brandi Malarkey, a TAP partner and community content contributor, is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and administrator who occasionally causes hot confusion. She is a collector of dead insects and good books, and she believes that ordinary miracles and little tenderness have the power to change the world. For more information on Brandi, please visit her website.


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