In 1997, Karen and Troy Burns opened the Atlanta-based Karen Burns Photography studio. In the beginning, they did all types of photography together from weddings, to portraits, corporate and commercial photography as well as devoting time to their true passion, fine art photography. Over the years, Karen and Troy have specialized in corporate and commercial fine art photography, being well respected and sought after for their ability to create a body of work on any given theme.
But, every spare second the couple can find is devoted to Karen’s love of black & white fine art photography and travel. Along with her partner and husband, Troy, she travels to Europe and around the country photographing nature, architecture, everyday items and people—all with an eye to capturing the light, or the essence of the place. Troy even created a special backpack for one of her favorite cameras, a 4X5 film camera, so that she could take it and all of her lenses hiking through Yosemite on a pilgrimage to see the park made famous by Ansel Adams.
Karen explains, “I’ve always been inspired by the photography of Ansel Adams. We’ve traveled all over, backpacking, car camping to photograph our favorite European cities and the most historic cities and sites in the USA. I’d carry my 4X5 camera whenever possible and sometimes we’d spend hours setting up and waiting for the perfect light to capture one single image.”
Karen loves shooting a specific film, Kodak Black and White High Speed Infrared film which was discontinued in 2007 at the implosion of Kodak’s Rochester film facility. They have 80 of the last rolls ever made in their freezer and she still loves developing her images herself in her own darkroom which is connected to their home studio. She isn’t anti-digital or anti-Photoshop, but she prefers to use her photographic and artistic skill in framing a shot, understanding how to capture light and how to create interesting photo compositions in camera over using a computer program to fix imperfect photos.
Recently, she acquired a new film scanner from a friend and started going through her personal archives, literally thousands of original black & white images taken over more than a decade, many from Europe. Followers of her art are extremely excited to be able to purchase original art photographs directly from her website for the first time ever.
All of the images in her new black & white gallery were photographed on film in either 35mm, 645, or 4×5 format. The images are available as signed and numbered silver gelatin prints printed in a traditional darkroom, as fine art prints printed digitally, as gallery wrapped canvas that does not require framing, or as custom framed, signed and numbered fine art prints.
For more information, to see the wonderful black & white photos newly released by Karen and Troy Burns, or to order prints, visit their website online at: https://karenimages.com/black_and_white_fine_art_photography_gallery/.
Karen Burns Photography is located at 3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750, Atlanta, GA 30326. Karen Burns can be reached by e-mail at: KBPhoto@karenimages.com. Or, call (404) 436-8406.