My name is Christine Barker and my soul exists to make art. I live to find inspiration in everyday moments and freely allow nature to be my muse. I can’t walk down the street without looking at a circle of mushrooms and wondering about the family of fairies that could be dwelling underneath the enchanted domes.
In 2000 I graduated with a degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University which led to a career in Online Marketing, but my heart always pulls me back to being creative. I purchased my first DSLR in 2001 to take photos of my children and my arts and crafts endeavors. Once in a while I would edit a photo in Photoshop, but it hadn’t lit a fire in me yet.
My creative breakthrough came while attending a painting retreat in Costa Rica in 2016. Surrounded by creative souls, I finally realized that my passion lies in pursuing the creative siren’s song and chasing inspiration wherever it may lead me. It’s difficult to be content with the mundane when my head is constantly turning over ideas for photo shoot concepts, costumes and locations.
I enjoy capturing people and moments in time and knowing that these images are simply a reminder of a memory that has passed and will never happen again. I don’t believe that photos should be perfect, they’re merely a piece of what is happening at that unique moment in time.
The interaction between light and shadow intrigues me and allows me to look at things from a different perspective. Reflections off of water can cause a rippling effect of moving light on the ceiling with no two contours being alike. Sights like that bring to mind a symphony with the smaller ripples being the flutes and piccolos with the longer, more substantial ripples being the tuba and the kettle drums.
Embracing my creativity and learning about the details of photography has created some enormous challenges for me because I hold myself to a high standard but the work of all of the incredible photographers around me pushes me to do better each time I pick up my camera. I thrive in the creative chaos that this change in focus has brought to me and I look forward to making the whimsical and sometimes deranged dreams in my head become a visually stunning reality.
“We are mosaics – pieces of light, love, history, stars — glued together with magic and music and words.”
― Anita Krishan
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