rural scenes fuel creativity
for local photographer Sparks
artwork is displayed
Whimsey in La Grange
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2011) Keri Sparks likes
to have fun with her photography. There is definitely nothing boring
about her black and white photographs; the subject matter usually speaks
I have always been interested in photography, said Sparks,
37, of the hobby she is passionate about. I enjoy taking pictures
of outdoor scenes.
Sparks black and white
photography focuses on landscapes. She
sells her work in La Grange, Ky.
Having been raised in rural Shelby County, its only
natural that many of her landscapes include old barns, abandoned buildings
and farms. Sparks had many friends who grew up on diary farms, fueling
her inspiration for this subject matter.
Her local scenes are eye-catching and something she has wanted to do
for years. She chooses to work in black and white photography because
it gives more history to a picture. It tells a story, she
Sparks said she likes to go for a dramatic feel when searching
for landscapes to snap. She also does commissioned work and will visit
a clients property to take pictures if necessary. She likes making
her work personal to someone. Sparks does not do portraits.
Sparks, her husband and two young children, have lived in Oldham County
for the last year. They had previously lived in Cincinnati for 10 years
but moved to Oldham County to be closer to family. I love being
back, she said.
Sparks trained as an occupational therapist, a position she has held
for the last 13 years. She earned a bachelors degree from Eastern
Kentucky University and has been employed by Gentiva Home Health for
the last year and a half.
Her position with Gentiva allows her to travel quite a bit throughout
the surrounding counties among the beautiful countryside. She usually
packs her camera with her as traveling provides her the opportunity
to get pictures a lot easier, she said. She has snapped many pictures
of the Smokey Mountain areas as well.
But she is not ready to give up her full-time day job
yet to make a career out of photography. I have fun with it and
want to explore my options in the future, she said. I enjoy
it and get a lot of satisfaction out of photography.
She is mostly self-taught, but did take a beginners photography class.
Sparks also played around with a camera quite a bit, to
gain more experience. She can custom matte and frame any size picture
of her work.
Sparks displays her photography at Whimsey, a shop that opened in January
2011 in La Grange. Her work is very unique, said owner Palea Cedar.
There is a theme of natural things at Whimsey, which Sparks work
fits into nicely. Cedar said many of the gifts and items are made
out of wood. There is work by different artists and crafters on display
that relate to the natural theme. The store is transitioning into
a wellness center to offer gifts, classes and yoga teacher training.
On June 4-5, Sparks participated in the Arts on the Green juried fine
art show for the first time. She said of the experience that it was
a very well run show with friendly people. This positive
experience has encouraged her to try more art exhibitions in the future.
Sparks liked being able to meet new people at Arts on the Green. She
liked the comments she received from the public on her work and said
she learned a lot from other artists.
Contact Keri Sparksr at (513) 550-1524
or visit her website at: www.krsphotography1.com.
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