The cover, "October on Rock," was shot by Karen Delaney when she had to stop and wait for a train to pass. "I loved the autumn view of Rock Road," she said. "It brought me right into that moment of beauty." She is constantly inspired by the "Magic in the Mundane" of everyday moments, in nature especially. "While waiting for that train to pass, I was deep in thought and worry about the world. I looked up right after and the view gave me a moment of joy. When I share these moments, I hope others can see and feel that as well."
A full-time creative photographer since 2018 and a Glen Rocker since 1996, Karen has been involved in this pursuit for over 10 years, first part time – while she was working in customer service, IT and accounting – and now slowly building her portfolio.
"My style is more intuitive than technical," she says. "The more I create, the more I want to try new things. Sometimes I go out with an intention for the image but mostly I just put myself in nature and see what draws my eye." She enjoys "the meditative process of creative editing" and from time to time uses tools or filters to reflect how she was feeling when she took the image.
Her cameras include an older point-and-shoot, DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) and iPhone, and she's learned what works and when. "I even have an old Polaroid," she says. Her fascination with Polaroids started in childhood, watching the picture develop "right there in front of me."
Karen is building a website – her 2020 solo show was cancelled due to the pandemic – and often posts photos on the Glen Rockers group page on Facebook. To see more or purchase any of her work, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.