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Karsten 4
Hempstead Reflection

Carolyn Karsten


"The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of every day for the rest of your life.  And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do." Henry Moore, Sculptor


I am discovering the secret of life through my camera.  The more I learn, the more I understand there is more to learn.  


I have taken pictures and carried a camera since I was 5 years old, first a box camera and later a spy camera ordered from the back of a Girl Scout magazine.  My love for taking pictures dovetailed with my travels as a kid.  For years, my brother and I were loaded into the back seat of my parents’ car and we travelled over the U.S. and Canada.  The most memorable road trip was driving across the U.S.... in 30 days!  It was at this time that my love for travel and nature including National Parks was born.  Since that time, I've loved taking travel photography workshops in the U.S.and abroad.


I particularly love when the camera catches a moment the eye cannot see.  I work to learn and grow by being conscious of photographing a scene or a subject in what I strive to articulate, in my own style.  Color, shadows, abstract/intentional camera movement and texture play a significant role in my work.  I also expand my knowledge through coursework (SVA and International Center of Photography) and studying the masters - there are so many of them. 


I look forward to enhancing my craft.  Every day, every moment, every nano-second is going to keep me busy searching for the secret of life for a very long time....


I am a board member of the Long Island Center of Photography.


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