Artist Statement

Karen Merritt is a Portland, Maine-based photographer who focuses principally on the details, quiet interactions and unexpected beauty of manmade construction and the urban environment. Karen shoots with a medium format film camera. She relies on natural light and strives for the creative documentation of what is offered by the distinct layers and pacing of cityscape imagery. Her work is an exploration of the details – a gesture, a juxtaposition, an unexpected framing – and the ways in which a sensation or experience can be built from what is seen and how it – or we – reflect and are, in turn, reflected. Sometimes the most revelatory component of an image, after all, is in the shadow that passes behind us. Karen’s work has appeared on city walls, in galleries, as stock, in print and on-line. When she’s not shooting film, Karen works as an environmental and public health engineer.

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