Sauvie Island is surrounded by the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, ten miles from Portland, Oregon. It’s a place I’ve photographed many times over the years, part designated wildlife area, part farmland. After a heavy snowstorm, unusual for this part of the Pacific Northwest, isolated stands of oak and alder stood in an almost monochromatic landscape of melting snow, drizzle and fog. I’ve often wondered why farmers leave lonely trees in the midst of their fields, but we notice them in ways that would be lost if they were part of the forest.
Scott Hoyle is a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design. After a thirty five year career as an Illustrator/Graphic Designer, he is focusing his creativity on fine art photography. In the last few years, Scott has received recognition and awards including The Fence, PDN Magazine, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, International Conservation Photography Award ( ICP), Critical Mass Finalist, Communication Arts Photography Awards, The Drawers at Blue Sky Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, front covers of B&W Magazine 2014 Single Image and 2015 Contest Winners’ issues, First Place in both “Abstract & Silhouette” 2015 La Grande International Photography Awards and First Place “Still Life” 2016 B&W Spider Awards.