About Clarke Scott

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Hi, I’m Clarke Scott—a photographer,  filmmaker, writer and former Buddhist monk from Australia. 

I’m drawn to work that focuses on the human condition in a deeply meaningful way. 


In all my work, and indeed my own life, the search has always been on what it means to be. 

And I believe this manifests in those rare and raw moments of vulnerability, where you can see through the masks we present to the world, and into the essence of being. 

This is what I’m searching for. I cannot explain it, really. At least, not with words. For it’s something I feel, and I can only see it when I feel it.

Currently, I am working on my first photography book and I also write a weekly newsletter, and I’ve recently started a Youtube channel on street, documentary and travel photography.

Be sure to join the newsletter where I send a weekly digest of things I have found or created to help you become a better photographer.


I got my first paid photography gig in 2011 and I’ve been busy ever since.

In 2015 I wrote and directed a small (low-budget) feature film called, A Thousand Moments Later. 

I’ve shot stills and motion in many genres. I’ve shot commercials and lots of bad corporate videos. The highlight was a nationally broadcast TV spot in Thailand.

I’ve shot lots of still work too—editorial, food, sport, headshots, families, and even weddings.

But before this, I was a Buddhist monk for many years. Then I decided to try my hand at academia for which I was not suited.

But it was during this time when I picked up a camera and I have not stopped working as a director/photographer since.

Between 1995 – 2009, I studied Buddhist philosophy, psychology, epistemology, and advanced meditation techniques directly from HH the Dalai Lama, and several Tibetan lamas including – Geshe Thubten Loden, and Geshe Jampa Gyatso.

In 2009 I left the monastery to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Tasmania. I was a visiting scholar at the Central Library of Tibetan Archives while in India during research for the project. 

My Ph.D. was a research project into Notions of the Self in Buddhist and Western philosophy. During that time I studied widely in the areas of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ontology, phenomenology, free will, and personal identity.

In 2009 I moved to Tasmania to join the Ph.D., program where I researched notions of the self in Buddhist philosophy and parsed these via six Western philosophers that included—Rene Descartes, David Hume, John Locke, Derek Parfit, E.J Lowe, and Galen Strawson.