Second Story Gallery will exhibit dramatic landscapes in May photographed by Israel Scott Williams, the culminating step to his senior project for Camas High School. The 18-year-old photographer made the cut through the gallery’s jurying process--just like any other selected artist--and his work will be unveiled at the customary First Friday reception May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Williams was born in Honolulu, HI, but says he has been raised in the “amazing city of Camas” since he was five years old. He credits growing up here for his love of the outdoors, calling photography a great hobby because it allows him to spend plenty of time exploring the great Northwest. His show, ‘Wanderlust,” consists of large-format views of the area’s iconic mountains, beaches and treescapes. Sometimes the photographer inserts himself in the pictures, almost to prove that “I was there.”
Williams is enthusiastic about photography and about his hometown, giving credit to Camas schools for his creative focus. “When I look back at my time in the Camas School District, one thing in particular seems to stand out,” he notes, “the district's emphasis on creativity, art and expression.
“The art programs were always my happiest places in school, and i'm so glad that Camas has such great art teachers and such a wide variety of classes, especially in the high school. If I could impress on anybody anything about the classes at CHS, it would be to take as many art classes as you can.”
Amazingly, the CHS senior says he turned to photography only last summer when his sister sent him her old Canon camera in the mail. He says he spent weeks fiddling with it before he figured out how to use it. But he says his failures added up to lots of camera-time and “learning the knowledge and tricks to always improve my shot and express myself.” His fiddling has led to a passion for video as well as photography, and to his senior project which is a requirement for graduation this spring.
The First Friday reception, part of the Downtown Camas Association activities, will feature live music by Brad Jensen. Williams’ show, Wanderlust, will remain on display through May 28 in the gallery, upstairs in the Camas Public Library. Second Story Gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Entrance is at 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas.
First Friday Artist's Reception