After 20 years of taking pictures, local photographer has works around town |

After 20 years of taking pictures, local photographer has works around town

John HartPat Barrentine works on an art project using copies of letters and photos of her family Monday at an art studio located on Daniels Drive outside of Nevada City
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Photos of portals such as doorways and interesting shapes have caught Pat Barrentine’s eye for years. They have also caught the eyes of customers at South Yuba Club and Toffanelli’s, where Barrentine’s photos were displayed.

After more than 20 years of snapping the shutter, some of Pat Barrentine’s photos showed up around town on the walls of business establishments.

The public showing was a rite of passage for Barrentine, who never set out to become a professional photographer.

“I’m glad I did it,” said Barrentine.

Barrentine, 72, of Nevada City has taken photos during trips around the world and the country. She has visited Tahiti, Peru, Columbia, Bali, Greece, and a few years ago took an 8,690-mile road trip through 11 Western states with stops in Albuquerque, Taos, Sedona and the Pacific Northwest.

One of Barrentine’s favorite photographic subjects is portals.

After a friend noted how often portals pop up in her photos, Barrentine said she realized that portals are a metaphor for her life – stepping from one thing into another.

“That whole idea of portals has been kind of a life’s theme,” Barrentine said. “A friend finally pointed it out, ‘You know you keep taking all these portals.'”

Barrentine looked at the photos herself and realized, “That’s what I do.”

Photography is only one of Barrentine’s many interests.

She is involved in Empire Toastmasters, where she was Toastmaster of the Year for 2000-01. Barrentine is also involved in the Sierra Center for Positive Living, a religious science organization.

Furthermore she is working on histories of her husband’s family and that of her own, using pictures and text.

Some photos were saved in family scrapbooks, and others Barrentine shoots herself, stopping at cemeteries where ancestors are buried and towns where they made their way west.

She is exploring other art mediums besides photography, such as collage.

Since her husband, Gene, died nine years ago, Barrentine has pursued a myriad of interests, taking trips, joining clubs, and of course, shooting pictures.

Barrentine said she realizes her time alone has given her a richness she might not have found had she started another relationship right away.

“It’s given me a richness I think I would never have found,” said Barrentine. “This has been a very rich time, allowed me to figure out who I am, what my talents are, and what I love.”

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