Eric Overton, MD (born in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1980) is a photographer, sculptor, and physician. He earned his medical degree in 2013 and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. His artwork is exhibited Internationally. Currently, Overton is working on a body of work focused on the landscape of the American West.
"My great-great-grandfather was a pioneer who first came West in 1850, he was married by the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith, and was a prominent figure in the LDS movement. Other distant relatives include John Henry “Doc” Holliday. Their lives and stories have influenced the shaping and myth of the West. This project aims to experience the West while forming a deeper appreciation for my ancestry, and of the complexity surrounding the myth of the great American Frontier. Exposing my five-year-old son to the natural world is paramount for me.
A major impetus for this project is to create opportunities to simply experience sites both well known and obscure that eluded me in my youth. Having been raised on the foothills of a mountain in Utah, nature was prevalent. However, spending more time in nature and developing an understanding of environmental issues could have only served me well. I want my children to experience what is pure and good with frequency and enthusiasm from an early age. Speaking from the perspective of a medical doctor the habits developed in childhood and adolescence are quite difficult to amend later in life.
I became a physician to connect to humanity, to interact more intimately, and to be an advocate for people. Portrait photography was my first interest when I started my photographic career. The land I am now photographing is no different, they are portraits. Much like the people I photograph and see clinically, a connection is integral to developing an understanding and making the interaction meaningful. It lends to a fuller appreciation and a will to cultivate the relationship. What interests me is finding that which has eluded me during previous visits to locations. To discover something special about a place or time not previously seen, one can find inspiration and ideally become connected and transformed. Once connected, a will to protect innately develops and change is possible."