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Reverent and Responsible Landscape Photography With Karen Cooper

Reverent and Responsible Landscape Photography With Karen Cooper

Episode 25: Today, I sit down with Vancouver-based landscape photographer, Karen Cooper, to chat about:

  • How walking in nature as a form of physical therapy led her into nature photography
  • The value of developing an intimate relationship with locations by revisiting them over and over again
  • The vast landscape and diverse ecosystems in British Columbia
  • Her decisions around opening her own fine art gallery
  • How she uses her photography to inspire others to respect nature and appreciate it on a deeper level
  • Her invention of Photolucents ® and other mediums and technologies as novel ways to showcase her images
  • How she uses intuition and balance to find compositions
  • Photography as a tool for creating change and as a way of healing
  • Nature deficit disorder
  • Responsibilities outdoor photographers have to nature
  • Why she doesn’t share location information on social media
  • And so much more!


Website: https://www.karencoopergallery.com/ 

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Parks Rx Program

Karen’s Ethics for Nature Statement

Information about “Big Lonely Doug

OPS Manifesto

Nature First Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography

OPS PhotoPills Friday Video Series

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Karen Cooper


Best known for her dramatic landscapes, Karen Cooper is an international, award-winning photographer based in Vancouver who has made photographing British Columbia her passion for the last 20 or so years. She enjoys developing emerging and experimental mediums that challenge and evolve the long-standing conventions of fine art photography. No subject is altered - every work is an authentic and ethereal representation of that moment in time. She showcases her work through the Karen Cooper Gallery located on historic Granville Island, which is Vancouver's premier art district.

Karen's work represents her declaration for environmental preservation and her deep connection to the land. Her pieces are not just invitations to appreciate natural beauty but are also moments to understand what has, and still can be, lost.