Right Brain: Tracy Rameil
Tracy Rameil is a true native. Born and raised surrounded by Colorado’s High Country, she learned to ski and enjoy the outdoors at an early age. Then she decided she wanted to capture the outdoor beauty for others to enjoy.She majored in photography at Colorado College in Colorado Springs and moved to Breckenridge in 2001 after graduation.She has lived with her boyfriend, Scott, for the past three years, and the couple works and plays outside year-round. Her parents have always encouraged her, including supporting her last endeavor of presenting her first solo photography show since she graduated.The show, titled “Heads Up, High Altitude Sky Scrapes from the Colorado Rockies,” opened last Friday at the Speakeasy Movie Theatre Gallery at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge and runs through Dec. 20.
DreamsI love creating art, and when other people appreciate and enjoy what I’ve done, it makes it even more rewarding. Right now I don’t have any long-term dreams, but for the near future, I hope to have put together another photography show that gives my work a little more exposure.Why do you do it? Being able to sit down and concentrate on something beautiful is very relaxing to me. Even if I’m simply assembling a photograph into a mat and frame, it’s exciting to see the final outcome, and it keeps me motivated.What do you convey through your art? I want people to be able to enjoy seeing the same things I see through the lens. I think Colorado is a beautiful place and has so much to offer to the eye. I hope I can help people see these things. The camera has an amazing ability to stop extraordinary moments – moments that are sometimes otherwise ignored in such a fast-paced world.
ChallengeMost recently, my biggest challenge hasn’t been with my photography itself but with how to present it, how to put a show together. I’ve never done anything like this on my own before, so I’ve had to go through the whole process of learning how to take care of the whole technical and business side of putting on a show in a gallery.AccomplishmentI am most proud of not feeling like I have to have a gimmick for my photography. I present to people what I see and what I love about the natural beauty of where we live. If people like it, then it’s a win/win situation. If they don’t like it, that’s OK too, because I still feel I’ve presented something that I am passionate about.
Staying freshSometimes I’ll go through lulls where I don’t take a lot of pictures, then something amazing will happen. I’ll see a sunset, a perfect flower or that unbelievable snowstorm where absolutely everything turns white, and then I can’t get enough pictures of it. It recharges me.When you’re not doing art? I work at Breckenridge for the ski patrol in the winter and for the grounds maintenance department in the summer, landscaping and maintaining the base areas mostly. I love to get outdoors whenever I can – hiking, biking, camping, or simply walking around – and I always seem to have my camera with me. There never seems to be a time when an incredible picture can’t happen during an otherwise ordinary day.Anything else?Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me to put this show together. You have no idea how much it means to me.
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