Lynette Tritel, Photographer
An eye for detail, the highest degree of trust, and steadiness of heart and hand have been common themes in the career path of photographer Lynette Tritel, leading up to her stunning debut as one of the most exciting new chroniclers of the American Southwest.
Whether doing mechanical drafting and mechanical design with the highest security clearance at Hughes Aircraft, managing a $10 million budget spare parts depot for international customers including NATO; making production line instructions for 3-D radar systems; organizing thousands of records for the Prescott Police Department; or negotiating the complex pathways of the IRS for her private and small business clients as an enrolled agent, Lynette Tritel has always been able to keep the details in focus without losing sight of the larger picture.
It all turned out to be perfect training for the highly intimate views of the American Southwest that Lynette has been able to capture through the lens of her digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera.
Lynette has been drawn to “magic kingdoms” since she first snapped pictures at Disneyland as a little girl with a Kodak Brownie. She and her husband, retired graphic designer Hal Tritel, moved to Prescott after living and cruising the Southern California coast for several years together on a sailboat called Koyana. Arizona’s own magic kingdom—the Native American cultures, ranches, rodeos, and hauntingly beautiful landscapes—kindled what has now become Lynette’s passion for photography.
Her intimate portraits of Native Americans began with a Friends of Arizona Highways photo workshop in Chinle and Canyon de Chelly, within the Navajo Reservation, with LeRoy DeJolie, a featured photographer of Arizona Highways. This past year she had an opportunity to attend a cultural workshop on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, and was allowed to photograph (this was the first time photographs have been allowed in 80 years) the Hopi Eagle Dance on ancestral land of the dancers just outside the Shongopovi Village on the Second Mesa with Arizona Highways featured photographer Gary Johnson.
Lynette’s photographs of Native Americans of the Hopi and Navajo Nation bring the viewer into a world that is both private and regal, ancient and yet filled with the tender details of real lives. The trust she inspires everywhere becomes the viewer’s treasure.
She is currently working on a new series of photographs Cowboys, Horses and Rodeos.