The beauty of everyday things should remind us of the abundances that we have received and often do not recognize. – Sean Scott
By Keisha Roland
Sean Scott, first time competitor, in the Texas Bank and Trust 34th annual Photography Exhibition was born June 1, 1969, in Denton,TX. He has had a long interest in photography since attending Hanby Elementary school. Mr. Scott explains why he loves photography. “I am able to create art my way and it is fun,” he said. “It helps me to express myself without using words.”
Scott was involved in photojournalism at the University of North Texas where he majored in Radio, Television and Film. “I loved covering activities around campus,” he said. “I was able to capture moments that are now great memories on paper.”
In 2007 Scott made his way to east Texas residing in Longview. “I needed a change of scenery,” he said. “I now have the luxury of country living and convenience.”
Scott is a remarkable photographer according to Brenda Liverman, New Gate Mission Secretary. “He captures amazing pieces,” said Liverman. “He provides us with a different prospective of life. We look forward to seeing his work.”
In addition, Scott has competed in numerous art shows and competitions around town. His sponsor, Anup Bhandari spoke highly of Scott. “I have known Sean for 6 years and he is an exceptional man,” said Bhandari. “He has a variety of photos that are simply breathtaking. You never know what beauty he might capture.”
Scott was only one of the 108 East Texas photographers, both amateur and professional to submit images depicting life in Texas. The exhibition was a two-week show of beautiful graphic art in the bank’s lobby on Whaley Street. Winning photographers received cash prizes for their work in four categories: Fine Art, Human Interest, Landscape, and Nature in addition to the Chairman’s Award, the Vice Chairman’s Birthday Card Award, the President’s Award, the Christmas Card Award, the OMNIClub Birthday Card Award, the Texas Rose Award, and Best of Show. The bank will feature the winning photos in its 2017 Texas Bank and Trust Collector’s Calendar.
Serving as judge for this year’s completion was East Texas cardiologist, Dr. Scott M. Lieberman. Dr. Lieberman has been a part of photography since the early 1970s. “I believe all the photographers who entered the contest should be proud of their work’s” said Dr. Lieberman. He used such words as “attractive, iconic, brilliant image, precisely executed, stunning, very striking, very detailed, and eye-catching” to describe the entries.
Scott expressed his excitement for the event. “I love that I am able to share my prospective of Texas living with the community,” he said. “It gives me joy to show my work.”
Texas Bank and Trust Marketing Director Karen Partee commented on the success of the event.
“We have returning and new photographers entering this year’s contest,” she said. “We had hoped for a great contest and crowd, and it turned out to be a great success.”
All photographs will remain on display in the bank’s lobby at 300 East Whaley until Thursday, July 7. The lobby will be open until 8p.m. on Thursday, July 7, during ArtWalk. Ballots for the Peoples’ Choice Award will be available until the exhibit closes. The winner will be announced the following week.