Tuesday, July 9, 2013

27. Keri Brecht Photography

Keri Brecht is a photographer who has been interested in her art for as long as she can remember. “I don't think there's an actual point at which I ‘began’ photography...for as long as I can remember, I've always viewed the world through a critical and artistic lens, so to speak,” she told me in a personal interview.

(Keri Brecht and one of her cameras)

Keri’s photography blows me away. I love her sense of balance and color. Her talents rest in her innate sense of perspective. She states, “Photography is one of many methods we use to share the beauties of the world. It tells stories and depicts people, places, and situations that the majority of the world might not ever experience, except through some photographer's lens. It is that means of self-expression and storytelling that fuels my passion for photography.”

Keri finds her inspiration in life itself, from the “smallest grain of sand” she says, “to the beautiful, colorful wares of a Guatemalan artisan. When viewed from a unique, appreciative viewpoint, anything can make a powerful photographic statement” She currently lives in Guatemala where she works as a nanny but was raised in Iowa and calls it home.

(Photo of a hot air balloon ride)

She values the story behind every photograph as well as its aesthetic value. Keri told me that she believes in “in the beauty of natural light, and of minimally edited photos. It's not how pretty a picture is, it is the story it tells that is most important and profound. Someday I hope to become a photo journalist or foreign correspondent so that I may use my passion to bring beauty, culture, and information to the world.”

“Right now, I am working on my personal mission to explore and share the many places and stories around the world. Currently, I am in Guatemala, working as a nanny. I continue to share my experiences here through my photography, just as I did back home in Iowa. I am writing about my travels as well in my blog: http://keri-around-the-world.tumblr.com/.”

She hopes to continue to travel in the future and take beautiful photos along the way. As she explained to me, “In a few years' time, I hope to have moved on to another international locale, from which I can continue to use my photography to explore and investigate that place's culture, sites, and secrets.”

She is also available to do photos and freelance work for anyone interested. ”I am currently working on self-inspired, freelance projects. However, I also do family, baby, and senior photos upon request. If you would like to contact me regarding any freelance writing, photography, or portrait projects, you can reach me at keri.brecht@gmail.com, or through my facebook page, Keri Brecht Photography.”

Keri is an inspiration to me as a photographer and as a person, in general. Her vibrant smile, energy and passion for the arts reminds me of why I do what I do!

To contact Keri, see below.
Facebook: Keri Brecht Photography

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