Hi, I’m Karen. I love travelling, I love learning new things, and I love people. Even more so when I get to photograph them. When I’m not shooting elite athletes for magazines or brands like Adidas, Reebok or Nike, I can be found cracking jokes with monks on mountain tops, eating strawberries with former opium farmers or playing cards with camel herders in the Sahara.
As a holder of a master’s degree in Marketing and Business Communication, my understanding of a client’s needs goes beyond just the creative side.
I particularly thrive in international environments and teams. As a polyglot and former production manager in the field of event and audiovisual production, I enjoy being involved in the production process of a shoot from beginning to end. With over 10 years of experience in various European, African and Asian markets, I have developed a strong adaptability to different cultures, work mentalities and methodologies.
I feed off of other people’s creative energy, and I’m currently looking to get involved in projects where I get to collaborate with creative teams to help engaged brands create strong and authentic content that translates their purpose and their vision.
My mixed media art is based around the concept that it's not because something has been broken that its value decreases. I believe quite the opposite. My approach is closely inspired by the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, where broken pottery was repaired by pouring gold into the cracks, making it more valuable and more beautiful than it was before it broke. An object's value and perceived beauty was enhanced not by trying to conceal its breakage, but by highlighting it.
I photograph broken things, ordinary things, unspectacular things, worn down things, things that nobody really looks at, and turn them into art through the medium of embroidery. I fill their cracks with a different type of gold, to show that in fact, beauty is everywhere around us if we just take the time to look.