Jennifer Trausch, "Maxine, 2009", archival pigment print on polyester film, 30x40"

Jennifer Trausch, “Maxine, 2009″, archival pigment print on polyester film, 30×40”

Jennifer Trausch

Maxine is from a project entitled “Wilson’s Night Spot”, a loose narrative exploring the nature of the American South and written as a series of intimate portraits of everyday life. Made with the 20×24 Polaroid camera, this project arose from four trips taken over four years time spent wandering instinctively through the small towns of the South. On each trip, I got intentionally lost to be free to work off of the impressions and the subtle details of each found place and interaction I experienced. To facilitate the search for open and intimate narrative pictures in these places, I chose the 20×24 Polaroid camera as my guide. The body of work eschews the control and extreme detail typical of the camera, instead going for selective focus and long exposures that are loose and gestural. As the project progressed, the images took on more and more of the dark, surreal nature of the South, both wondrous and strange. Wilson’s Night Spot is a slow, steady discovery of the feeling of the South, experienced and retold through all of the palpable sensations surrounding it.

Jennifer Trausch graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio. She has worked and taught at the 20×24 Polaroid Studio, the International Center for Photography and the Cleveland Institute of Art, among others. Jennifer’s work has been exhibited widely in New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio.