Scott Norris

Linearities: Central Valley
Location: Sacramento, CA
Nationality: US
Biography: Scott Norris is a fine art photographer and freelance science writer based in Sacramento, CA and Inverness, CA. His photography is the latest stage in a life-long inquiry that has encompassed studies in cultural anthropology, poetry and... read on
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Linearities: Central Valley
Credits: scott norris
Updated: 04/03/20
Location: California

Interstate 5 appears on the map of California as a straight line connecting north and south. Although it traverses the western edge of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, the experience of driving the I-5 is typically one of emptiness. For drivers traveling between northern California cities and Los Angeles, the Central Valley landscape may be perceived as a kind of void, to be crossed as quickly as possible. Of course it is the by-design circumvention of local communities and the perceptual mechanics of freeway travel that make such an experience of landscape possible. One can still leave the freeway and discover, as everywhere, real places inhabited by real people and other living things. But the emptiness one can experience along the I-5 is also there, also real, for this is territory that has been reduced and simplified, as if to resemble the map.  In this sequence I seek to explore that reduction.  The images are all taken a short distance from the freeway, at various exits along the I-5 corridor.  They show only the simplified geometries and abstracted forms of fields and orchards, power lines and aqueducts, roads and bridges and the freeway itself—the linear infrastructure  of an unsustainable economy.


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By scott norris / Array — In this difficult evolutionary moment it seems to me essential to pay close attention to the powers and..


By scott norris / California — Following my father’s death, I had the disorienting experience of registering his absence from the enduring..


By scott norris — I am interested in the expressive potential of grouped images presented as a single picture. Hybrid images..

Coastal Netherlands

By Scott Norris — Open series, 2016 - ongoing On a series of travels in the Netherlands I have been been photographing coastal..

Recent Work

By Scott Norris


By Scott Norris / Athens, Greece — A small archive of images taken in Athens, in October 2015. Mostly the walls and empty spaces of a crowded..
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