Summer Moon Scriver grew up on Lopez Island, having lived here now for over 38 years. She has been nourished by its natural beauty and strong community. She also feels deep ties to her Northwest Coastal Native ancestry. She was brought up to honor and respect the Earth and all living things. As a teen, she was inspired by her “father figure”, Gregg Blomberg, to explore photography. He also inspired her with North West Coast Art. His business, Kestrel Tool, made NW native style carving tools, and he would often host carving days at his shop. For Summer, carving is like medicine for her spirit, it is creative, meditative and inspirational. All the images of carvings in this series are original pieces created by Gregg Blomberg.
Summer Moon feels that at this crucial point of time for our Earth Mother, she would like to honor the beauty and wisdom of the Indigenous peoples of these lands through her work. The carvings integrated into her photographs, come from a style developed over tens of thousands of years. She recognizes that not only is the coastal native artistic form refined, but also refined, is their wisdom of how to live in balance with the natural world. She hopes that people will see, in her work, the beauty of nature combined with the power that speaks from the Old Souls of this Pacific NW Coast; The Spirit of the Ancestors!
Summer Moon Scriver has been a professional portraiture, landscape, and wedding photographer for over twenty years. A self-taught artist, her work has been shown in galleries across the Northwest. Most recently she, along with two other photographers, collaborated on her second photo book, “BOUNTY”, which celebrates organic food grown in their small island community. Summer believes by nourishing families and friends with fresh, organic, home grown food, you not only feed bellies, but also souls. Her first book, “Hands at Work”, is an award-winning coffee table book of profiles and close-up black-and- white portraits of working hands. In addition to freelance photography, Summer gardens and raises two sons with her partner, Jaime Cordova on Lopez Island.