Karen makes photographs of what moves her, attracts her curiosity, suggests a story to her mind, or evokes an emotional or intellectual reaction. In recent years she has been exploring the stories implied by and the beauty inherent in abandon and decaying structures. In addition, since moving to Sequim from northern Virginia with her husband and dog after retirement in early 2012, Karen has enjoyed discovering and shooting the “intimate landscapes” within the grandeur and almost overwhelming beauty offered by the Peninsula.
An avid hobbyist since childhood, Karen began studying photography in 2002, and has taken classes and workshops every year since then from a variety of wonderful professional photographers who also excel at teaching–at the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops, Nature’s Image Workshops, Blue Ridge Workshops, Horizons Workshops, and Tillman Crane Photography Workshops.
While she still enjoys shooting on film, and misses the tranquility of the darkroom, in recent years Karen has enjoyed exploring the advancements afforded by digital technology. She now scans her negatives and slides, and in mid-2010 took the plunge and acquired her first digital SLR camera (a Nikon D700.) She prints her own work on professional media using Epson Ultrachrom K3 ink, rated to resist fading for more than 100 years. Each work is matted to archival standards.
See more work by Karen at karenstringerphotography.com