"Photographing lets me see and feel a part of the environment, whether a
soaring mountain or a tiny wildflower," says Steve Traudt.
leads to more awareness, which in turn enhances the seeing yet more. The whole
process is addictive!" Raised in Nebraska, Traudt moved to Grand Junction
in 1987 where he and wife, Fay Timmerman, established Quilt Junction and Gallery
412 which they operated for 9 years. The Gallery featured appearances by such
notables as Galen Rowell and John Fielder. Steve currently teaches photography
at several venues including his own SynVis Photo Academy inside his home (Grand
Junction); Moab Photo Symposium and for the Black Canyon Camera Club (Cedaredge).
Steve also taught for 18 years at Mesa State College. Steve also conducts a variety
of photography workshops in Colorado; Utah; Arizona and New Mexico. He presents
SynVis seminars around the country. In addition, he is a certified scuba diver,
a writer and a pharmacist.
Photo by Ron Smith
In a dusty attic at the age of 10, Traudt chanced upon some old darkroom
items belonging to his father. He ordered fresh paper and chemicals from
the "Monkey Ward" catalog and a lifelong interest was soon
He's exhibited photographs extensively around the world while earning
many awards. Steve has led photo trips to such exotic locales as Costa
Rica and the Galapagos. His magazine articles have appeared in various
publications including Nature Photographer magazine. His images have
appeared in several calendars and books.
Traudt calls his photographs Synergistic Visions. He explains synergism
as the cooperative interaction of several elements to yield a superior
result. For Traudt, photography is synergism of such elements as the
brain, emotions, vision, lenses and the camera. Since photography is
both art and craft, Traudt views this synergism as a marriage of left-brain
and right-brain activities.
"In today's world, we're in such a hurry; never looking up or down,
only straight ahead. I make photographs which cause the viewer to pause,
even for a moment, and realize all the remarkable events in our world
in a variety of subjects, his current work explores the form and texture
of urban and natural landscapes. Traudt enjoys documenting the incongruities
of everyday scenes and also employs various techniques to create emotive
abstractions. His photographs are available as signed archival prints
or canvas giclees and are available for stock use.