Join award winning photographer and author Traer Scott for a talk spanning her twenty year career which has included the publication of eight photo books as well as adventures photographing animals all over the world. Whether it’s shelter dogs, newborn puppies, exotic nocturnal wildlife, Asian elephants or even taxidermy, Scott’s work always centers around animals and encourages the need for activism, compassion and conservation. Scott will share backstories from many of her most well known images, talk about process, inspiration and her obsession with carrying as little gear as possible.
Scott will discuss the making of her books as well as several notable personal and fine art series. From dogs living in packs on the streets and beaches of Mexico and Puerto Rico, to a pit bull who lost his hearing in a drug bust and went on to become a beloved pet, Scott will share the tales from Shelter Dogs, Street Dogs and Finding Home as well as the impetus and impact of these rescue-focused dog books. A porcupine named Pickles who likes to sit on your lap and a blind baby fox named Piper are just some of the characters whose stories will be told in the context of making Nocturne and Wild Babies: From Giraffes to Hummingbirds. She will also delve into her challenging and often furtive process for making her acclaimed fine art series Natural History, a collection of completely candid images featuring reflections of people viewing wildlife dioramas.
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Traer Scott is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer and author of eight photo books including the bestseller Shelter Dogs and Nocturne; Creatures of the Night. Her work is exhibited around the world and has been featured in National Geographic, Life, Vogue, People, O, on the NY Times Lens Blog, Behold and dozens of other national and international print and online publications. Her first solo museum show Natural History was exhibited at the University of Maine Museum of Art in 2015. Traer was the recipient of the 2010 Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Photography Fellowship Grant and the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island and teaches photography workshops at RISD and other locations around the country.