Karen's 25-piece show is called ‘French Life’. It features the beautiful scenery of the Dordogne Valley along with the traditional, charming images of day-to-day life. All her life, she wanted to learn how to speak French so she rented a small stone cottage in a country village of 900 people for a year, gathered her courage every day, and gradually became part of the community. In the process of learning a language, she gained amazing friendships, and developed a love of photography.
The show is her love letter to the French and the French way of life. She likes to highlight details found in a building or in a moment in time like the daily walk to the bakery for the day’s bread. However, the show has a conceptual balance due to the wide-angle views such as the sunflower fields bordering the chateau. The show tells the story of being in France without the struggle of remembering if a word is feminine or masculine.
Some of the photography from her book, 24/7 French Lessons: My Quest to Learn French in a Dordogne Village will be shown, along with one or two readings from the book. The photography show will run throughout the month of January at the Napa Library.