Jennifer Timmer Trail
Originally from Northern Michigan, Jennifer Timmer Trail spent over a decade in New York, and some time in Copenhagen and Victoria, BC, before recently settling in Portland, Oregon. Her photographs explore the longings that exist within relationships, things we wish we could hold on to but can’t, and the nostalgia that accompanies the process of aging. She is most interested in exploring and pushing the boundaries of what a photograph can communicate on an emotional and psychological level. Jennifer received her MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School and her BA in Art History / Studio Art / Natural Science from Michigan State University. She is an instructor of photography, design, and publication production, and her work has been written about and exhibited internationally.
Fantasy is a photograph from Trail’s Cassiopeia A series. The series is named after the supernova remnant in the constellation Cassiopeia (the Queen). A supernova is the explosion that occurs at the end of a massive star’s life; and Cassiopeia A is the expanding shell of material that remains– more beautiful and permanent than what once was. Modelled after this example, the work is an examination of the numerous tiny physical and emotional “deaths” we endure in our lifetimes. It’s about the time in between an ending and a new beginning.