(Photo Credit: Hunter by Jennifer Trausch)

“I chose an atypical way of working with the camera, eschewing control and extreme detail for highly selective focus and long exposures that are loose and gestural.”

Hunter, a photograph by Brooklyn-based artist Jennifer Trausch, was selected for the Director’s Selection in the Center’s “Elements of Water” exhibition. The image is from her Wilson’s Night Spot series. To approach this series, Trausch used a 20×24 Polaroid camera, which is one of only five in the world. Due to her “refrigerator-sized camera”, she had to interact with her subjects on a much different level than a standard hand-held camera affords. In her own words,

“The 235-pound camera is used primarily in static and controlled circumstances due to its size and the high-powered flashes needed to obtain the focus and detail associated with it … [it] profoundly altered how I experienced the region and how I interacted with my subjects. The camera looks like an enormous turn-of-the century field camera, and its unique and tactile presence disarms people.”

The relevance of photographing using this method is especially historically relevant because of Polaroid’s decision to discontinue production of all of its instant films, which may run out as early as 2011.

The Wilson’s Night Spot series is a part-documentary, part-constructed view of the American South. Capturing the South with a sense of freedom and exploration, Traush explains,

“Most of these trips were spent utterly lost, albeit intentionally so, freed to work off impressions and off the subtle details of each found place and interaction.”

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