For this week’s blog, Painter, Jennie O'Connor interviewed nature photographer, Nate Trivette of
ND Trivette Photography.
How long have you been a part of Artistic Portland, and what appealed to you about joining the Co-op?
I just passed half a year. The biggest draw of a co-op is the hands-on aspect and collaborative nature, allowing the business to reflect its artists in a variety of ways.
What’s your background?
For my photography, my formal education that influences my work is two years of Film Production and two years of Architectural Design. As for the actual camera operation and creation of images, I studied independently as a hobby for eight years before turning it into my full-time work.
Why do you do what you do?
The lifestyle of an independent artist is ideal for spending more time with my son and having a large amount of freedom to spend my time doing things I enjoy.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?
Simple. Just like my photography, I try to keep my life free of drama, distractions, and general stress. I’m working towards my idea of a minimalist life, though I admit I have some work to do.
Where do you create?
Obviously, as a nature photographer, I try to find places far away from people, in the woods, remote spots on the coast, in the desert. I’m also drawn to locations that aren’t photographed by thousands of photographers a year, which helps me put my images forward as something that’s truly unique to me.
What motivates/inspires your work?
I’m always looking for new images for people to add something meditative into their life, the world isn’t getting any simpler so I’m hoping my art brings simplicity into people’s lives.
What kind of creative patterns, routines, or rituals do you have?
I’m a night owl, so usually after sunset is when I’m motivated to spend time at the computer editing or in my workspace assembling prints & framing. I like to photograph the changing of seasons so about four times a year I get an extra rush of creative energy!
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created?
I have a black & white image titled “Infinite Pier”, which was shot on the central Oregon coast, near Reedsport. I was able to expose the image for four minutes so the water and clouds got the smoothing effect I love, which contrasts with the weathered wood of the pier. Also, the horizon across the bay was visible and it lined up perfectly with the high tide marks on the Pier posts to essentially tie the whole image together.
If you could wake up tomorrow with a new artistic skill, what would it be?
Painting! Photography is limited to what you can frame within the camera’s view, which I mostly love, because it forces me to work within a constraint of time of day, weather conditions, season and of course physical location. But the idea of being able to paint whatever comes into my head at 2 am in my workspace is awfully enticing, especially when it’s 20 degrees outside.
What do you like to do when you're not creating?
I play softball, watch baseball, play the occasional video game and board game. I’m a pretty big movie fan when I have enough time. I go on a fair amount of hikes for non-photography purposes too.
In terms of artistic vision, Nate shares that anytime he starts to let the issues of the day overtake his thought process, whether global issues or local to himself, he finds that if he gets away from it all, deep into non-populated areas, closer to nature, those thoughts begin to quiet and eventually vanish. As an extension of that, he hopes that his artwork can be that escape when you can't get in your car and drive 3 hours away from it all.
Be sure to see Nate's amazing works at Artistic Portland, Monday-Saturday 10-6PM and Sundays, 12-5PM.