I have always enjoyed nature. Growing up playing in the forest, I found beauty in the simplest things…dew drops sparkling in the morning light, the texture of leaves as they moved in the wind, the structure and beauty of flowers. I’ve always taken photos but never with the intent of anything other than capturing what I saw in the moment. I got serious about photography when my husband bought me an SLR camera for Christmas which was wonderful but it kind of terrified me, feeling the pressure to be a " good photographer” now that I have a “real camera”. The manual was complicated and overwhelming. I am a visual learner who learns best by doing. Once I realized it will take some time to become proficient with my camera, I decided to just pick it up and have fun. Being self taught has been an adventure with lots of mistakes along the way but it also contributed to my unique style. I got really serious about photography September 2010. My oldest daughter moved away with her best friend, My youngest daughter left for college and my dog died…all within a couple of weeks. Photography filled the void and helped with the changes I was experiencing.

The first camera I used were those funny yellow disposable cameras purchased when I was a teenager. I remember how exciting it was to get the photos back after a week at the developers.

My style is abstract, geometric and linear. I love structure and design. Macro photography is what I am drawn to. I look deeply at what other’s might not see. I’ve been told that I have an eye for the unusual and I see the complicated in the ordinary. Life is such a gift. Photography allows me to stop and focus and capture what I am feeling. Photographs are a journey into my soul, with each sharing the spirit of my life.

I enjoy photographing by instinct. I appreciate the serendipity of unplanned images and events. I am always surprised by the outcome and it is a very spiritual experience for me.

I shoot with a Canon Rebel T2i. My kit lens no longer auto focuses. I have to pry off my lens because the mechanism to release it is broke…it’s been a work horse for 9 years. I’m looking forward to a new camera and perhaps learning about editing software.

It’s about insight, inspiration and the joy of finding what’s next.

Published in National Geographic's "Getting Your Shot - Stunning Photos, How-To Tips and Endless Inspiration form the Pros"

and in National Geographic's "Feeding America" Stories of Hunger and Hope


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Karla Locke

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