[July 23, 2008 ]
Originally from the US, Scott McDermott grew up in Switzerland from the age of five. He spent a lot of time skiing and doing outdoor sports and
when the reality of him not making the world cup ski circuit set in, it
was time to head back to the US for college. However, before getting to
school it seemed like it might a good idea to figure out what to
study. So Scott took a year to travel and ended up in Wyoming,
Colorado and Utah for a few months. Followed by a hearty walk
through the Himalayas. At the end of that year it was off to school with
photography in mind. A good Himalayan walk really does clear your
head. A few years at Ithaca College were to follow, mostly spent in
the darkroom. Scott is now based in NYC where he brings his
distinctive style to a wide variety of editorial and advertising
clients in the sports and entertainment world.
Are your celebrity portraits specifically shot for magazines and syndication?
It would depend on the situation and who I was shooting for. While on assignment I would of course shoot what the client is looking for first. But I have also done a fair amount of shoots just for syndication too. I started out shooting much more just for syndication but am now doing more assignments. there is a great amount of freedom when shooting just for syndication. Even more so than editorial. It really ends up coming down to how much time you have with the subject and how efficient you can be.
Your celebrity portfolio spans from musician to actors. Wynton
Marsalis, Quentin Tarantino, Robert DeNiro, Lenny Kravitz, Dennis
Hopper to mention a few. Is this an area that you would like to
continue to pursue?
Sports or Celebrities...which do you prefer?
I just did a shoot for Target that was great mix of the two sides of the work I do. It was a men's fashion shoot for a new line they are coming out with that incorporated a lot of action and movement but had a very studio lit feel to it with selective use of black and white in the final images. It was a case where the art director saw the two sides to my work and came to me with a concept that was a little of both and really neither at the same time. I love it when that happens.
Prior to your photography career, you were a serious skier and
spent a lot of time doing adventure sports. Do those skills and
experiences help your sports photography and career in general? If
When you took your "walk" in the Himalayan mountains, were you
tempted to climb Mt Everest?
In your travels where is your ideal place to live and work? Is it NYC?
I do love NYC but it has it's limitations. I wish there was first class skiing an hour away. I always thought I could live in San Francisco and maybe some day, I will. Geneva, Switzerland, where I grew up, isn't a bad spot either. But for now it's NYC.
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