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Photography is in my blood. It started with my grandfather, to my father and now me. I am fortunate to also have my grandfather’s Nikon F which he treated like a child, so it’s in pristine condition. I am still have my father’s Fujica AZ-1, which was my first camera.
I believe art is more than just learned. I think it is born with you and the actions you take in life determine the direction your artwork goes.
When I was younger, I did not photograph the world as much as I do now. In fact, during high school I brought a camera with me only when necessary I started my college career at Berklee College of Music with the intention of going into the music recording business. After realizing the music industry wasn’t for me, I changed majors and continues my college career with a photography focus.
In college, I learned so much from inspiring professors and mentors. I learned about Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and so many other amazing photographers. Each of them are inspirational in one way or another.
Since college, I continue finding my inspiration through other photographers, but at the same time throughout life in general. I am constantly inspired by people with care, whether they’re in the photography industry or not. People like Ellen DeGeneres, who is 100% about kindness. People like Jason Mraz, who is 100% about spreading love through music.
People like these, and all the photography friends I made during my time at school, through freelance work, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus. You all inspire me with amazing photographs.
Most of all, I am inspired by the my father, who I wish was still with me to see how far I have come with the art. I live my life, and take my photographs with the though that he is watching and proud – and I know he is.
So what inspires you?
My name is Scott Wyden Kivowitz and I am a photographer.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
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I can remember the day that I became fascinated with severe weather and more specifically thunderstorms like it was yesterday. I was seven years old and lived in a small town in Idaho where thunderstorms were rare, but always intense when they did happen. It was during one of those intense storms that I was watching out or dining room window and saw a house about half a mile away get struck by lightning. The shower of blue sparks contrasted against the bright white of the lightning bolt was something I will never forget.
Fast forward a few years to when I started getting interested in photography and it was only natural that I would teach myself how to capture lightning with a camera, but as a young kid with a very limited budget for film and processing, plus parents that objected to my going outside during severe thunderstorms, my efforts were limited to shooting out of those same windows that I witnessed that strike years earlier.
My real passion for severe weather photography was sparked after I joined the USAF and was stationed in Illinois for training. This was the first time that I experienced the sheer power that is a tornado. The skies that day were simply magical to look at and associated storm was nothing like I had ever experienced before. Long before I had ever heard the term “storm chaser” I had sort of become one.
To this day, many years after witnessing that lightning strike as a child, thunderstorms are still very special to me. Their power and beauty are like nothing else. A lightning strike only last for a fleeting moment and will never happen the same way again, each bolt truly is a once in a lifetime event. Being able to capture that by pressing the shutter release of my camera makes all the countless miles and hours chasing those storms truly worthwhile.
My name is Scott Wood and I make images.
I can admit that I never grew up. I still play with LEGO’s, I collect Kidrobot and Funco figures, and Toys-R-Us is still my favorite place to shop. Travelling means picking out a handful of figures to bring along with me and then figuring out how and where to use them in my travels. I photograph toys and it makes me happy with every click of the shutter.
For me, toys bring on a life of their own thanks to my own childhood memories and the current pop culture. I see this life whenever I hang my art at a show and a parent and child laugh as they look at it. These smiles and giggles are what fuel me to keep going, to push my work in new directions, and to strive harder at creating more unique scenes.
There is a unique challenge in bringing life to an inanimate object. A LEGO Minifig is just some plastic parts, but put together and they make something we can associate with in real-life. It is playing off this recognition and using life experiences that make this so much fun. Sure, I may not be shooting epic sunsets or going crazy with portraits, but I can make a kid laugh when they are having a crappy day. That, as many parents can attest to, is both magical and contagious.
Take time out of your hectic life to embrace that little child inside you. We spend our young years yearning to be adults and then our adult years remembering the great times we had as a kid. Laughter is good for everyone. As longs as I can help make people smile, I will continue to do what I enjoy: photographing toys!