Exhibit features photos by RCC alumnus

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 01:00 AM

Randolph Community College’s Photographic Technology department is hosting an exhibition of photographs by RCC alumnus Michael Traister.
The images are part of the book, “Sock Monkey Dreams,” a collaboration with authors Whitney Shroyer and Letitia Walker that was published by Viking Studio Press in 2005.
Traister is a 1991 graduate of RCC’s commercial photography program and works as a photographer for Brunk Auctions in Asheville.
The show will be open during class hours through Nov. 22 in RCC’s Photography Imaging Center.
The show is part of an initiative to host photography exhibits from RCC alumni and other prominent photographers, designed to enrich the experience of RCC students and the community.
“As a photographer with nearly 20 years experience, I strive to succeed at capturing those things that are fleeting and will only be around for a moment,” reads a short description on the photographer’s website, www.traisterphoto.com.
“Whether that’s a sock monkey diorama, a twitchy rock star or a decaying old barn covered in rusty license plates. Roadside inspirations, momentary glimpses, and offbeat ideas about ordinary visions are where I seek my muse and use my photography to isolate imagery and breathe new life into its meaning.”
In addition to studying at RCC, Traister also studied fine art photography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has photographed a wide variety of people, including Doc Watson, Richard Petty, Tift Merritt, Loudon Wainwright III and three North Carolina governors — Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt and Mike Easley.
His work has appeared in publications such as Psychology Today, Spin, Creative Loafing, Mountain Xpress, and Guitar Player Magazine.         
RCC’s Photography Imaging Center is located in the Administration/Education Center on the Asheboro campus at 629 Industrial Park Ave.