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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 15B Pkotographer explores t,00e subtleties between traile:s Rocki Eriksen Special to Feather Publishing "Trailers Collected" is the upcoming show scheduled for the Main Street Gallery, Oct. 21 - 30. The gallery in- vites you to enter the subtle world of photographer Nan Brown. Her show will be a part of a collection that includes more than 60 black and white photos of trailers or mobile homes. The odd and unusual, ornate and simplistic, Brown knows where and when each photograph was taken but they have no titles to offer clues as to who occupied them or where they were located, only "Trailers Collected" and a number. Brown has many stories tucked away about some of her trailers but prefers to keep them to herself, leaving it to the imagination and interpretation of the viewer. "As a child traveling across California, I was drawn, through my car window, to the otherness of the small, roadside communities or dislocation of lone trailers. I have long loved trailers as objects. They are often alone in a landscape: ironic, metal comments. "From the side, they are billboard-like and wonder- fully two-dimensional. Their facades are of subtly beautiful tones and textures, a black and white photogra- pher's dream," she said. Subtle is defined as hardly noticeable, as in subtle differences. It also means observant, perceptive, to attain awareness as in a subtle mind. A third definition is clever, showing skill or resourcefulness marked by wit or ingenuity. "I have wanted to photo- graph the everyday, the dis- car(ed, the taken-for-granted. Thohe things, photographed in a non-dramatic manner, can prompt an inner event belonging to each viewer alone. I didn,t begin this as a style intentionally; it is simply the way I see." Brown said. In black and white, those subtle differences are more apparent, the eye takes time to linger and the calm tone allows the individual story to emerge without the busy distraction of color speeding up the visual impact. "The spark for the 'Trailers Collected' series included not only their visual charm, but also the emotional impact of trailers as shelter. Their fascination for me now in- cludes the seeming license expressed in the treatment of the exteriors and yards. A result, I think, of the diminu- tive and transient nature of trailers," said Brown. All the photos are taken in the same manner, the front end squared off. "The squares and rectangles of windows within the squares and rec. tangles of trailers, I trapped within the square camera format. The repetition of form causes people to look closely at each trailer for variation. Portrait-like, individual personalities are revealed," she said. Brown uses a Hasselblad camera and does enlarging and printing in her darkroom at home in Quincy. She began a career in 1975 at Eastman Studio in Susanville that lasted 15 years, She later taught photography at Feather River College. Brown still uses some of the original equipment from the now historic studio. She has always admired Ansel Adams and taught herself the technique he used, referred to as the zone system. She is mostly self-taught, but has also studied photography at the San Francisco Art Insti. tute and received her degree at University of Nevada- Reno. Brown was forced to take a Nan Brown's show includes more the 60 photos of trailers, all taken in the same manner, the front end squared off. "The squares and rectangles of windows within the squares and rec- tangles of trailers, I trapped within the square camera format," she said. Photographer Nan Brown, at home in Quincy, will open her show, "Trailers Collected," Thursday, Oct. 21, at Main Street Artists in downtown Quincy. Photos by Rocki Friksen 10- year hiatus after being di- agnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1998. She was very sick for many years. It was like 10 years of her life being lost but now she is back, back to doing what she loves ... her work. Brown said, "I have be- come deeply attached to the images as I have collected them. They are stand-ins for the gamut of spiritual states from valor to depression to depravity, conditions not the province of any given social class or group." This may say a bit about her life as well and those 10 lost years enabling her to find and focus on what was most important. She repeats a quote from "The Thing Itself' by Bill Jay, He ex- plains "good photographers have a deep cgmmitment to and involvement with their subjects, and through photography ... they are communicating their passion to others." Brown, in her subtle way, has achieved just that. She has been acknowledged in many ways with a number of awards. The most recent being 2010 Winner Portfolio Showcase: Volume 4, Center for Fine Art Photography, published this spring, and the 2010 Black and White Magazine Excellence Award, B&W Portfolio Contest. She has done solo and group exhibits all over Cali- fornia as well as Portland, Ore., and Fort Collins, Colo. The Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Fla., has four of her images and the Houston Center for Photography's prestigious 2011 auction selected another four. Brown is excited about To send a legal: showing her work in Quincy, a town she loves and is happy to call home. "This is a real place, people are rooted, there is a natural- ness and a niceness here." Last year, Brown launched There you can view the entire "Trailers Collected" series, as well as "Intima- tions," Brown's collection of classical, light, delicate por- traits -- intimate moments with her children. "I believe in beauty, it's what makes art irresistible," said Brown. Meet Brown at her opening reception Oct. 22, at Main Street Gallery, 5 - 8 p.m. For further information, contact Lara Eichenberger at or Carla DeBoer next door at the Eagle's Nest at 283-9374: Need help REP CONSTRUCTION ElSNM General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 ,.) (530) .83-2035 Vin #130890 Stk # 32200 Vin #169603 Prior rental. '08 FORD FOCUS SE 4 door, auto, A/C, P/W,: tilt. NOW 2,688 "'"'- CaSh or trade and 72 tool e $197.91,3.99%. Prices us saos tax, DMV tees, emission fees lind deal dec. fee. Psy. meres include #Dove rnoron feeD. aubjoct to credit approvad. '09 CHEW IMPALA V-6, 3.5 liter, auto., A/C, P/W, P/L, tilt, cruise. NOW s16,488 "''- Dish or trade and 72 roDS. 4i262.e3, 3.64%. 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