Some Things Remain the Same
Photography has become my therapy, my way to process what I see in the world. I am drawn to people and their environments. I seek to photograph children honestly, in their joy and awkwardness and irritation and boredom. My recent work uses a documentary approach and intentional portraiture to tell the story of my family during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Some Things Remain the Same is an ongoing project documenting my childrens’ experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Home became the center of our lives – for safety, for connection, and for entertainment. We built rocket ships, put teddy bears in our window for neighborhood kids to find, ran through sprinklers, and had a spa day.
Wearing masks, we wandered empty neighborhood streets looking for signs of life and chatted with friends from our front porch. We tried our hand at home haircuts for what will probably be the last time. Zoom fatigue hit hard. And we wondered where to keep our ever growing mask collection.
Karyn has been included in exhibitions at the Dallas Center for Photography, International Center for Photography, and Curated Fridge. She has been published in Shots Magazine and has received awards from the Documentary Family Awards and National Association of Professional Childhood Photographers. She was a participant in the Atelier 33 class at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
It wasn’t until college that she became interested in photography. At that time landscapes were her focus. She and her friends would grab their cameras and drive for hours in Pennsylvania Amish country in the hopes of stumbling across a covered bridge or an historic barn to use as the backdrop for a portrait. Abandoned farm equipment, a horse drawn buggy, and clothes drying on the clothesline were favorite subjects. During this time, she also developed an interest in aerial photographs which became part of her undergraduate and graduate research in geology. In 2016, when Karyn was pregnant with her second child she started taking online photography classes targeted at moms. She spent the majority of her maternity leave photographing her newborn, carrying him around the house to different types of light and settings. Five years into her photography journey she focuses on storytelling using a mix of documentary photography and portraiture.
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