"My photography is an exploration into the past."

Kelsey says:
"By using historic processes, I obtain a better understanding and appreciation of how photography came to be and how it has changed and developed over time."

Kelsey feels that learning about the past helps comprehending the directions of the work and of photography in general:
"The work takes this understanding and translates it into a visual form with the purpose of sharing this understanding with those that view it. The selection of subjects in my work often depends on the process that I am using. The method of creating the photograph is just as important to me as the finished piece. Choosing the process first allows me to choose a subject that will emphasize the qualities and characteristics inherent to the process. Some processes are known for their ability to render detail. Others for their ability to create mood and atmosphere. The subject and the process should complement each other.
In my exploration of the past, I am challenged also to investigate it's relevance in the present. Today's world is concentrated on moving forward. Looking to the past challenges this focus and serves as a reminder of how the modern age came to be."

Kelsey was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1982 and graduated in December of 2004 with a BFA in Photographic Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma.


Kelsey Karper



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