My name is Karen Grant. I live in Haverhill, Massachusetts. My interest in photography started in high school when I took a photography class. The class taught me the basics of photography using a 35mm camera. To see my photos slowly come to life in the darkroom was truly magical to me. In college, I continued my photography journey by taking classes while pursuing my degreee in Communication.
Challenges Come My Way
In 2004, I was diagnosed with bi-lateral mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. I was 29 years old. I had five surgeries plus chemotherapy. I spent most of 2004 in the hospital as I had both lung linings removed, half of my diaphragm removed and replaced with gortex, spleen removed and a tracheostomy. In January of 2005, I received the best news any cancer patient wants to hear. I beat this cancer. I am the youngest person to have it on both lungs and be in remission for this long. Because of the surgeries, I have disabilities that I deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes they slow me down, but I do not let them stop me from doing what I love.
Eight years after having cancer, I decided to get back in to photography. I started out by taking classes online and doing photowalks. I joined the local photography group. What started out as a hobby has turned in to something that I love to do everyday. Photography gives me a state of mindfulness- not worrying about the past or future, just concentrating on what's in front of me. I get engrossed when I am doing anything that's photography releated that everything around me just disappears from my awareness. I want to be the best photographer that I can be. I always have a camera with me as I never know when something will pull me in for a photo.
My Favorite Subjects to Photograph: Flowers and Butterflies
I love to photograph anything that my eyes see, but my craving is flowers and butterflies. I am awestruck by the beauty in flowers. Capturing the delicate wings of exquisite butterflies as they fly from flower to flower is breathtaking to me. I love seizing the moment and then converting those moments into memories that last a lifetime.