ENCINITAS — Scott Saw has experienced close to 15,000 sunsets since moving to Leucadia as a toddler in 1971.Some of his most memorable images, captured with a camera lens, are currently on display in the Scott Saw Scenic Photography Exhibition at the Utopia Style Lounge.
The photos reflect Saw’s ability to capture mood and drama in familiar scenes along the coast characterized by cloudy, stormy skies.
Saw comes by his talent honestly. His parents Jim and Jan met as students at the Art Center at San Diego State in the 1960s.
The family settled in Leucadia after Jim accepted a position as an art instructor at Palomar College.
“Growing up, my dad was always painting in the studio and showing his work in La Jolla,” Saw said. “I was around that rhythm of working hard and doing shows. I just wanted to study art, but he wanted me to combine it with business. It was a good idea. I graduated with a double major in art and marketing from SDSU.”
Saw had no problem finding work as a graphic designer. His spare time was devoted to painting, and more recently, photography after teaching himself using a method called High Dynamic Range.
“The way it works is that you take a photograph at the proper exposure,” he said. “Then you shoot some underexposed, and some overexposed, photos.”
Using this method, Saw is able to grab detail not possible with a single exposure.
Buoyed by his success, Saw decided to venture into the field of studio photography — specifically pin-up photography.
In March, he gave up a regular paycheck to strike out on his own with his company, Vixen Photography. Today, his clients include magazines and private individuals.
“It was gutsy,” he said, looking back.
“My work is sexy, yet tasteful,” he said. “That’s what I like about it.”
For models, Saw draws upon local friends working in the area of burlesque.
“It’s been an evolution,” he said. “My goal as a photographer is not to get caught in a rut. I’ve always had an eye for 1950s design, and have given it a modern twist.”
Jerry Waddle, owner of Ducky Waddle’s Emporium, has been a fan from the beginning.
“Scott peruses the ordinary and, with his lens, extracts the exceptional,” he said.
Waddle will host a reception for the opening of Scott’s Vixen Photography at Ducky Waddle’s on Aug. 11.
The exhibition will continue through the end of the month. Saw expects only good things to happen judging by his track record with Waddle.
“Jerry hosted my first painting show at the Emporium Gallery across the street from the La Paloma about 10 years ago,” he said. “It was a nice kick start to my art career. A lot of the community came out. It was great.”
Scott’s Scenic Photography Exhibition can be seen through the end of June at Utopia Style Lounge, 1038 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.
Hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They are open Sunday by appointment. Photographs are for sale, Saw adds, “at affordable prices.”
For more information, visit scottsaw.com or scottsawphoto.
To contact Scott Saw, call (760) 846-4130 or email [email protected]