ARTIST STATEMENT


My approach to the American landscape did not initially involve a specific environmental agenda.
Nor did I attempt to recreate iconic photographs or capture locations in a novel way. Land
preservation was not a well defined goal. I simply aimed to experience these places anew; to
exist in space and allow myself to experience the natural world. Furthermore, it was an idealized
pursuit to slow the photographic process in some of the world’s most beautiful spaces. An effort

to connect myself to the physical world through the land itself and through an anachronistic photo-
graphic process.

 

It wasn’t until four years into the project that I began to explore the past as it relates to the
American landscape. Not until I came alive with passion for our land that I felt a deep connection
to my own American heritage. I now believe that our land not only affords us the opportunity
to connect with the earth—but to our nation, to each other, and to ourselves.
This process has allowed me to reconnect with the physical world. Holding each photograph in my
hands while an imperfect image emerges is transcendent. The wet plate collodion process speaks
to the past, of course, but also to the future. From this process and the experiences I’ve had
in nature I am a fervent believer in the importance and necessity of touch. This process is healing.
It is paradoxically imperfect and perfect. The captured landscape creates a looking glass that
reflects back a portrait of inspiration; one that has inspired me to contribute my voice to the
fight for the preservation of our land. It is majestic but it is also delicate. It is in this awe-inspiring
magnificence of the American landscape I am most free.

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Eric Overton, MD (born in Utah, 1980) is a photographer, sculptor, and physician. He earned
his medical degree in 2013. Overton began his career as a photographer at the age of twenty
working for such publications as Rolling Stone Magazine among other clients. After living
and exhibiting his debut photographic work in Málaga, Spain, Overton returned to the United
States to open Ampersand Gallery. Thereafter, Overton attended medical school while
concurrently continuing his photographic work. Overton’s fascination with medicine, anatomy,
and art galvanized a sculptural career focused on both western and figurative sculpture.
His artwork is exhibited domestically and internationally. Currently, he is finishing a photographic
project of ambrotype landscapes focused on the American West.