Photographer Karen Waters focuses on images of the natural world, with trees and birds her most common subjects. She has developed a unique style of presentation, manipulating the images by digitally adding a layer of texture to the photograph.
Waters will hold a “Meet and Greet” session 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Fuller Lodge Art Center to share stories about her photography adventures, to answer questions about her technique and to listen to viewer comments about her work. Waters’ solo exhibit in the Portal Gallery ranges from small prints on canvas to large pieces printed on aluminum.
Waters’ father was a photography enthusiast when she was growing up, so she has been toting a camera around since kindergarten. When she was in high school, her parents gave her a 35mm camera, and that’s when she realized her passion for photography. Years later, when Waters made the leap from film to digital, she discovered that she could blend photographs of textured surfaces with subject photographs to create depth and emotion.
“I felt like I had been set free, because now I had a way to allow my imagination to flow,” Waters said. “I refer to my work as ‘photographic art’ because it reaches beyond traditional photography and allows me the freedom to bring my images to life in a way that the lens alone cannot capture. Through these images I wish to share my visions of the world, as it is now and as it can be, and to bring an awareness that there is more to this magnificent world than meets the eye…”
Waters is an active member of the Santa Fe Society of Artists, the Pojoaque River Art Tour, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. She also participates in various local shows.
Waters enjoys meeting people and hopes to see a great many visitors at the Art Center on Saturday. Her show “The Silence Between” is on display in the Art Center through Nov.16. See more of Waters’ work on the Art Center website at http://fullerlodgeartcenter.com/KarenWaters.shtml.