Artwalk 2017 Location: Wooster Lofts: 2321 1st Avenue North
Leah Karol is a portrait photographer and digital artist from Alabama, currently residing in Birmingham. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Performance from Auburn University, and additional coursework in the Photographic Arts, she began her photographic journey shooting black and white film and developing her own prints. Over the past seventeen years, she has honed her craft using a variety of film processes with vintage manual cameras, and transitioning into the digital age to incorporate modern photographic technologies: Photoshop, DSLR Cameras, and even an iPhone.
Fascinated with core stories of the collective unconscious that are imprinted on the human psyche through recurring patterns and archetypes, she draws inspiration for her work from the transcendent abstractions of symbols, myths, and fairytales to create whimsical images that evoke universal themes. Combining her theatrical sensibility and photographic skill, Leah creates extraordinary worlds for her subjects by compositing portraits, textures, and vintage images. The production of each image is a meticulous process, continuously evolving with her imagination: conceptualizing the storyline, artfully posing and photographing each subject, and collecting, capturing, and manipulating additional images to "flesh out" the tale.
This series, entitled, “Journeys,” is her first collection in the Digital & Fine Art Collage genre.