24 Jan Featured CPAC Member: Erin Karp
Member Since: 2023
Photographers are the beating heart of CPAC, their creative expression gives us purpose. And we thrive on the ability to showcase their work through a variety of platforms, both online and in person. Our organization is lucky to support members, like Erin Karp, who is our new Featured Member this quarter. Karp’s story begins with her father’s old camera and hours spent in the darkroom. With exhibits spanning across the country from New York to California, her work inspires the viewer to be present and find gratitude in the details of a world often overlooked. With travel and architecture guiding her passion, get lost in the vibrant colors, lines, and shadows of Spain, Italy, and Portugal.
ABOUT THE WORK
By Erin Karp
My work is a meditation on calm and an expression of my curiosity. For me, photography is a way to slow down and breathe in my surroundings, to seek out tranquility amidst chaos, and to ﬁnd beauty in an oftentimes ugly world. I see elegance in architectural details that others typically fail to notice, as I embrace momentary juxtapositions of light, shadow, shape, and color that collectively make my heart sing.
This collection of photographs was made in Sevilla, Spain; Tuscany, Italy; and Sintra, Portugal. Travel is one of my biggest joys in life and I was thrilled to return to Spain and Portugal this year to shoot after a hiatus during the pandemic. I’m driven by certain qualities when I’m making photographs and generally favor abstraction. Even though my images ﬂuctuate between soft and tranquil to bright and bold, light, texture, and shape always inspire my eye.
I learned on my father’s Pentax Asahi in the early 1990s, shooting and developing ﬁlm, spending countless, blissful hours in the darkroom. Though I switched to a DSLR in 2009, I still shoot manually, in natural light, and I continue to make my own prints. I give my audience what I see in the moment, without manipulation in Photoshop. My work has been included in exhibits juried by MoMA, Guggenheim, and Metropolitan Museum of Art curators, and I have exhibited in galleries in New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Rhode Island, including at Ceres Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Plaxall Gallery, Marin MoCA, Salmagundi Club, and the Providence Art Club. The first three pieces included in this group just received Honorable Mentions in the Architecture Category of the 21st Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, which will culminate with an exhibit in Barcelona next year. Azul Violeta also won Official Selection in Internal Photography Award’s One Shot Color competition in 2022; both competitions are global. My photographs are in private collections in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Texas, and Canada, and in corporate collections in New York City.
In a world where we can feel inundated by negativity, there is so much beauty that we overlook; I make a point to experience awe in everyday moments, to ﬁnd wonder in the small details of this life. They keep me going. I hope they will keep you going, too!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Erin Karp is a fine art photographer residing in New Jersey. Her love of photography began with a Pentax Asahi in the early 1990s and grew with her education at William Paterson University and the University of Sevilla in Spain. Her passion for printing also bloomed as she spent countless, peaceful hours in the darkroom. Though she switched to digital photography in 2009 while studying at the International Center of Photography in NYC, she treats her DSLR the same as her Pentax: she shoots manually, in natural light, and still makes her own prints without manipulation in Photoshop. Erin’s work has been included in juried exhibitions in New York, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Rhode Island, including at the Salmagundi Club, Ceres Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art, and the Providence Art Club. Her work is in private collections in New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Canada and corporate collections in New York City.
Having grown up the daughter of an abstract oil painter and a fashion designer, Erin inevitably developed a distinct way of seeing the world. Living and traveling throughout Europe helped to hone her photographic style and focus. Fascinated by the details in architecture and nature, she sees and shoots the world in an abstract and graphical way, often leading viewers to confuse her work for paintings. Erin’s photography brings a unique vision of her understanding of light, shadow, and shape, an abstract study of details that often go unnoticed.