Oklahoma City, OK based photographic-artist Trayson Conner
I think of my life as a story. I think about how that story is unfolding and how people will look at it later, through my photography. I want my photos – everything from lighthouses and seascapes to mountains and doorways – to tell my story and to tell it creatively. I don’t draw or paint, but the day I picked up a camera, I suddenly realized I had found my artistic outlet and, like any art form, my photography – my art – is extremely personal. When I look at my photos, I reminisce, reliving the experience of each one. I hope others will “live” through my photographs as well. While it’s true that everyone won’t like everything I have to offer, I believe everyone will like something.
I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, jeeping, kayaking and just being part of the environment. As an adventurer, as well as an artist, I always have a camera with me, but never carry any expectations about what I might discover. Everyone stops occasionally to appreciate the scenery, but I like to ask what it is about that scenery that makes us say, WOW! I find that those ‘wows’ are always just around the corner. I shoot, and then shoot some more, until I’ve shot every angle possible. My subjects are varied – random, unrelated, spontaneous and natural. I’m always on the lookout for that new perspective on a familiar subject – I look for it not only through the lens, but in life in general.
I began my career by shooting pictures of bands and musicians. As others showed an interest and enthusiasm for my photos, I expanded what began as a hobby and started taking my camera with me everywhere I went. This particular exhibit is mostly a “travel collection,” consisting of images from Florida to Washington State. All photos were shot in digital format. My favorite lens is a 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom – faster and more versatile than my other lenses. I shoot only in color, but create prints in both color and black and white. I strive for a “timeless” image – a classic look – and whether a photo is in color or black and white often makes a dramatic difference in the impression it creates.
We all want to be surrounded by things that make us feel good, and I hope to offer photographs of scenes – reminders, if you will – of those things that enhance our lives.