Jan Traylen

Jan Traylen

I attended Plymouth College of Art, Vocational Photography dept 1970-72 then further study at Harrow Polytechnic 1972-74. After a career photographing performing arts, sports and working for picture libraries including darkroom practise I am now concentrating on personal work.    •    My photographs are about emotion, connections and capturing fleeting moments. What captivates me and holds my attention inside a great photo is not easily explained but it is something to do with entering the photographer's mind. What are they seeing? Am I connected and therefore in a communication with the artist? Shared experiences bring a feeling of worth and 'being there'.    •    Black and white photography holds the key for me, showing qualities of directness and unambiguousness.  The directness and lack of confusion of signals in B&W imagery still hold. The techniques are changing however. B&W negatives printed on silver bromide paper can show a superior material quality, different to a digitally captured image output to inkjet print. Still, I'm using digital photography also, converting the colour to greyscale, and 'playing with the curves' 
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