Pattie Traynor brings the fresh eye of a largely self-taught photographer to this exhibition. Traynor was consumed by photography from as early an age as she can remember. Like Pulos, she cites paternal influence on her résumé. Her father photographed the family obsessively, first with a box camera and then with an early Polaroid. As a teenager Traynor purchased an old Nikon with a 105 lens. It served as her only camera for more than fifteen years. From the start, she has used only black and white film. A decade ago, she switched to a medium format camera. Her travels have taken her to Europe, Peru, Bolivia, Indonesia, and, most recently Guatemala and Cuba. She is a photographer of faces, hands, and children. She is drawn to religious ceremonies, cemeteries, crosses, and Missions. Traynor photographs children with an enthusiasm free of sentimentality. She photographs adults and exotic landscapes with a respectful gaze that seeks to understand, not merely capture, her subject. Her work has been exhibited in California and Taos. She won the First Place Photography Award at the Taos Open, 2006 and the First Place Miniature Award, at the Taos Fall Arts Invitational in 2007.
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