Artist profiles - Karen Frenkel

Karen's interest in photography and wild places started in childhood; at the age of 12 she was given her first SLR camera. She would follow her parents around the mountains of northern Britain, then watch her father process her black and white film back in the garden shed.

After a move to the Peak District National Park, inspired by the scenery, she quit her job in chemistry, in 1996, to become a full time landscape photographer. She is one of the few professional female landscape photographers in the country, respected for her knowledge of the Peak District and her ability to get the most out of its varied locations throughout the changing seasons and light.

Her goal is to try and create photographic images that look like paintings. To do this in the field with a minimum of computational "fiddle" usually requires her to seek out unusual light or weather conditions, which she does with a passion. She considers time on the computer as life wasted so does as little manipulation as possible!

Karen's work has been published in books, calendars, tourist brochures and magazines throughout the country.

She runs her own greetings cards business and has recently written and illustrated two award-winning books, published by Frances Lincoln 'Peak Landscape and Light - A Photographer's Guide to the Peak District' and 'The Coast to Coast Walk'. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and has been a landscape tutor for a number of years giving both private and group tuition.

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