Featured Artist Karen Glosser

Photographer Karen Glosser captures the powerful beauty of Lake Erie, creating stunning visual imagery of the lake and its surrounding landscape. To see more of her portfolio, visit her website.

 

“Another Season” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Another Season” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

As I sit down to write this artist page with a white sheet of paper in front of me, I glance up, out the window, at a white sheet of snow, silently falling. Giant snow globe flakes. You know—the almost unreal, only-in-the-movies kind. Swirling down, quietly but rapidly covering everything in their path.

 

“Acting Up” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Acting Up” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Lake effect. Growing up here in Western New York State, it was a term I was so aware of. We lived maybe twenty-five miles away from Lake Erie, but I knew her power so well. What kid doesn’t love a number of snow days every school year? More time to get outside! That was just the beginning of my love for Lake Erie and for all of the bountiful natural wonder found here in Western New York.

 

“Coming Home 1” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Coming Home 1” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

As I grew, my life took me in a different direction. However, my love of nature and a longing to express myself creatively remained.

 

“Powerful Erie” Digital Photograph, Various Sizesby artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Powerful Erie” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

With more time on my hands as our son grew, I returned to a love of nature and creativity as a jewelry designer and metalsmith. I took photos of natural things that inspired my work, and soon my images took on a life of their own. Photography is now my primary means of visual expression.

 

“Blue Morning” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Blue Morning” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

I enjoy traveling and photographing new places, but creating images of my home area of Western New York and Lake Erie is still my great love. A colorful woodland at the peak of autumn. A blue-sky summer day at a favorite Lake Erie beach.

 

“Dangerous Dance” Digital Photograph, Various Sizesby artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dangerous Dance” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

The pulse-racing excitement of this Great Lake’s powerful waves in a November gale. These are the things that mesmerize me and that will always make me reach for my camera in order to capture and create.

 

“Coming Home 3” Digital Photograph, Various Sizesby artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Coming Home 3” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

As for the gear I use and my techniques, truthfully, I am not a “gear gal.” I use two camera bodies and two lenses. These are my workhorses; mid-range and not the latest models.

 

“Landscape Lakescape Soulscape” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Landscape Lakescape Soulscape” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

I love the challenge of seeing how far I can push the gear I own to create images that reflect a sense of place, and that also portray my vision and feelings of a particular moment as I press the shutter release. I often enjoy working with in-camera multiple exposures, slow shutter speeds, and intentional camera movement to create an image that expresses my vision.

 

“Soulscape 4” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Soulscape 4” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

Working in a series comes very naturally to me. Aside from my day to day photography, I am currently working on two series. Coming Home, a series of woodland images, and a series entitled Soulscape: Reflections on Lake Erie. Over a year in the making, this lake project will become a solo exhibition. However, I know that neither of these series will ever truly be finished.

 

“A Glimpse Within” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes by artist Karen Glosser. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“A Glimpse Within” Digital Photograph, Various Sizes

 

I will always be drawn to the challenge of capturing Lake Erie and her ever changing moods, and to the woodland areas near my home that bring me such peace and joy.

 

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Comments

  1. Roberta London says:

    What wonderful art Karen. These images are so beautiful and so alive!

  2. Lovely work. I especially enjoy the ones of Lake Erie. It was the first large body of water I saw as a youth and never could get to stay very long around it.

  3. Hi Karen,
    You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area – with stunning natural features all around! Still, being there, and capturing the energy of nature’s forces, that you encounter, requires a lot of dedication, and craftwork. The effort of finding hot spots in holy moments, must be paired with the capabilities of knowing how to prepare your equipment – to harness a maximum gathering of those elements you encounter. Only with a, “Touch,” does an artist in sync need – to capture that energy surrounding their moment!

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