Episode 25: Reverent and Responsible Landscape Photography With Karen Cooper

Today's Guest: Karen Cooper

© Karen Cooper - Botany Bay Rays

We Discuss:

  • How walking in nature as a form of physical therapy led her into nature photography
  • The value of developing an intimate relationship with locations by revisiting them over and over again
  • The vast landscape and diverse ecosystems in British Columbia
  • Her decisions around opening her own fine art gallery
  • How she uses her photography to inspire others to respect nature and appreciate it on a deeper level
  • Her invention of Photolucents ® and other mediums and technologies as novel ways to showcase her images
  • How she uses intuition and balance to find compositions
  • Photography as a tool for creating change and as a way of healing
  • Nature deficit disorder
  • Responsibilities outdoor photographers have to nature
  • Why she doesn’t share location information on social media
  • And so much more!

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Michael Robinson

    Really wonderful interview. I especially appreciate the conversations about respect for nature, and a more “natural” form of photography without too much photoshopping.

    1. Brenda Petrella

      Thank you, Michael! I’m so glad you enjoyed and share Karen’s perspectives.

  2. Michael McKeag

    Brenda, thanks for the interview with Karen Cooper. She is inspiring. You know, when she started to tell her story about once photographing a clearcut that broke her heart I immediately pictured Lonely Doug, and then she identified the location. As she described her approach to composition through feeling and intuition I thought, “Someday Brenda should interview Alister Benn.” And so you have. Looking forward to the next episode!

  3. Larry Kurfis

    The difficulty of photoing the destruction of nature is similar to be a war photographer. Yes images of destruction are uncomfortable but necessary to initiate change.

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