This week marks the final few days of photographer Scott Barrett’s “Please Don’t Leave Me” show at Fresh Exhibitions on DeSoto Ave. Featured in January’s First Friday Art March, the show will have its closing reception this Friday, January 17th from 6-9pm.
Barrett’s work features gritty photographs of abandoned, dilapidated spaces inside a former hospital in rural North Carolina. Completed over multiple visits to the abandoned building, Barrett’s work speaks of his own sense of space and desire to explore themes of human abandonment inspired by the childhood experiences of his foster daughter.
“As soon as I saw the space, something about it struck me,” says Barrett, currently a photography student at SCAD. “I knew it was something that I’d want to photograph.”
Selected for Fresh’s first show of 2014, Barrett is not your traditional SCAD student. A former executive of JM Family Enterprises (a private distributor of Toyotas in the Southeast), Republic Industries, Blockbuster Entertainment and Accenture, he started at SCAD in 2010 after retiring from a long, productive career in the business world.
“I’m lucky in that I am not relying [on my photography] for an income,” says Barrett, who was nominated twice as “CIO of the Year” by InformationWeek magazine. “That gives me the flexibility to pursue things with a bit more freedom than most.”
Since retiring from his career as an executive, Barrett still keeps extremely busy, juggling his time in between family, serving on several boards and non-profits, and continuing his lifelong passion for photography. On his time at SCAD and its impact on his work, Barrett says: “I get so much out of the interaction in the classes with the students and the professors. Where else are going to find that type of open venue for critique? People are not going to come up to you at an exhibition and give you that feedback.“
“I’d like to get to the point where I am able to spend the primary amount of my time on photography,” adds Barrett. “It seems like I am busier now than I’ve ever been, but that’s the goal.”
Editors note: We regret that this interview was cut short due to technical difficulties. However, if you’d like to hear more from Scott Barrett and ask him a few questions of your own – attend the closing reception of “Please Don’t Leave Me” on Friday, January 17 6-9pm at Fresh Exhibitions on Desoto Ave!