Karen Waller Photography

Karen Waller Photography

Adelaide based photographer who specialises in creative portrait photography. I love to create meaningful, honest and emotive portraits which capture the connections between people.

I love to capture the uniqueness and individuality of each person that I have the opportunity to photograph. I love to create enduring and timeless images to be treasured by families. My photography is very much informed by the painter and artist within me. I completed my degree in Visual Arts earlier in my career. I am proud to say that I am a fully accredited member with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography). Karen

09/02/2021

This image of Karo children was captured in the village of Korcho in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. They have so little in terms of material possessions. Toys are often created using found materials. I just loved their joy and exhuberant spirit.

This image of Karo children was captured in the village of Korcho in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley. They have so little in terms of material possessions. Toys are often created using found materials. I just loved their joy and exhuberant spirit.

18/01/2021

A young painted Mursi boy from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia.
I loved having the opportunity to photograph children in different villages. I captured both portrait and documentary style images and I particularly loved photographing the kids at play.

A young painted Mursi boy from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia.
I loved having the opportunity to photograph children in different villages. I captured both portrait and documentary style images and I particularly loved photographing the kids at play.

15/01/2021

Portrait of a young Nyangatom girl from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. That smile is something beyond beautiful. The strands of beads are added to each year and are not removed. The Nyangatom people are one of the amazing cultural groups in this incredible part of Ethiopia.
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Portrait of a young Nyangatom girl from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. That smile is something beyond beautiful. The strands of beads are added to each year and are not removed. The Nyangatom people are one of the amazing cultural groups in this incredible part of Ethiopia.
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#omovalley #nyangatom #ethiopia #ethiopianadventure #womenwhotravel #travellers #portrait #portraitphotography #ethiopianphotography #africantravel #africa #humanity_shots_ #natgeoyourshot #natheotravel #portrait_universe #portraitsofhumanity #africanportrait #ethiopianportrait

12/01/2021

This long exposure capture of galahs taking flight was captured in the hills near Tumby Bay. I love capturing movement and the painterly quality it can create.

This long exposure capture of galahs taking flight was captured in the hills near Tumby Bay. I love capturing movement and the painterly quality it can create.

11/01/2021

The Mursi people live in the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. The Mursi women traditionally wear clay lip plates although this practise is changing and some women are choosing not to have their lips pierced. A small incision is made in the lower lip and stretched over time by increasing the size of the plate. The ear piercing would be the same process. The ear decoration is similar in size to some of the plates women wear. I just love the stunning profile of this incredibly striking and strong woman.

The Mursi people live in the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. The Mursi women traditionally wear clay lip plates although this practise is changing and some women are choosing not to have their lips pierced. A small incision is made in the lower lip and stretched over time by increasing the size of the plate. The ear piercing would be the same process. The ear decoration is similar in size to some of the plates women wear. I just love the stunning profile of this incredibly striking and strong woman.

01/01/2021

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2021. Thankyou to everyone who has supported me in 2020.

I was incredibly lucky to have travelled to Ethiopia arriving on the the first day of 2020. It was fortuitous timing as everything was about to change. I am grateful to have had opportunities to travel in SA and explore places I had never experienced before. Fowlers Bay and the extensive dunes was a highlight. I met and photographed some wonderful characters on my adventures.

This portrait is of a young Nyangatom girl from the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. The Nyangatom woman wear layers of beads which are added to each year. The first strand is a gift from her father. The coloured layers of beads look incredible and the Nyangatom are a wonderful people to photograph. This young girl was one of my favourite subjects.

14/12/2020

An ancient pine survives near an abandoned old home in the Tumby Bay Hills...

17/11/2020

Portrait of Bob Thompson. Bob lives in Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula and had some wonderful stories to share. The tattoos tell the story of Bob’s youth and being a member of motorcycle gang in the 1950’s. Bob owned a Triumph 650 Thunderbird which were first introduced in 1949. These gangs were pretty tame in those days. Bob did his apprenticeship as a butcher in Port Adelaide. Some of his coworkers were Port Adelaide bodgies, a subculture in the 1950’s. Bob was at their mercy and endured being immersed in a copper full of red dye which was used to colour the saveloys. He was red for a week! He was also hung by his butchers belt in the cold room suspended upside down. Those responsible, forget about Bob. He was lucky he didn’t freeze to death and was discovered by his boss in time. He left that job after that. Bob has had a number of health issues in recent years and this has been challenging. It has also been an important mental health journey and he is a strong advocate for breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues. It was wonderful to spend time with Bob and to gain a glimpse into his life!

12/11/2020

It has been such pleasure to photograph Minlaton farmer, Max Cook, over the years. I wanted to share this image of Max because he is about to celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday the 15th November. Those who know him, would describe Max as being a true gentleman and I know many people will be wishing him well on this significant birthday.

Max is holding bundle of oats. The bundles are formed into a small stack called a stook which can be seen in the background. These are then turned into chaff which is used to feed stock. The machine used to create these bundles was a Sunshine Binder. Ivan McMahon used his binder pulled by a tractor to harvest Max's paddock of oats. Traditionally, the binder was pulled by a team of horses. Max can remember this method of harvesting a small section of the crop to be used as feed. It was a method his father used until 1947 and possibly a bit longer. It was only 70 years ago when farmers depended on teams of horses to do the work. It is wonderful to have people like Max who can share their living memories and gives us the opportunity to reflect on how the world has changed.

27/10/2020

My stay at Coorabie Farm near Fowlers Bay on the far west coast was wonderful! I had the pleasure of finding a family of dusky woodswallows on the property. Observing and photographing the parents feeding the babies was really special!

18/10/2020

My recent camping/road trip to the West Coast of South Australia was a wonderful adventure. We had a great night in the Smoky Bay Community Club. It also happened to be the same night that Coral and Don Zippel were both celebrating their 90th birthday's which were only a month apart. I asked if I could take some portraits of this lovely couple the following day at their home overlooking the ocean in Smoky Bay as a gift to the family. I also have a connection to this part of the world as I had lived in the small town of Wirrulla as a child which is just up the road. Coral and Don were married at Smoky bay in 1954. According to their family, their motto has always been 'Bite off more than you can chew and chew like hell!" They have had a rich life developing and working on the Zippel family farm and were open to a range of diverse work opportunities in the region. One of the sources of income for the family, and the new generations of Zippel's, has been oyster farming which continues in the small town of Smoky Bay today. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the of telling their story... there is just so much more. I hope my image captures a small piece of the history of their enduring life together.

30/08/2020

Last weekend I took some Bray family portraits in this beautiful canola crop near Minlaton. Here are a few with the black and white version of each. Thank you Mandy, Damien, Rory and Lucy!

15/08/2020

The stunning dunes that lie behind the small township of Fowlers Bay on the far west coast of South Australia. A wonderful and spontaneous adventure to see whales.

15/08/2020

I had a wonderful few days in the tiny township of Fowlers Bay on the far west coast of South Australia. This spontaneous adventure was an opportunity to photograph whales, sand dunes and some local people. I arrived in Fowlers Bay and soon found myself chatting to a local man known as Pom. He was more than happy to be a portrait subject. He took me to the home of another long term resident by the name of Len Hardy. In the space of 15 minutes, I had two portrait subjects. Len is a wealth of knowledge and very proud of the history of Fowlers Bay. He has worked hard to restore the hall and loves to share the history of the town with visitors. He has a reputation as a home brewer and produces beer, cider and whiskey. Len was kind enough to take Diana and myself on an incredibly scenic tour through the dunes and along the coast and clifftops near Fowlers Bay. It is a stunning place and these two local men made us feel so welcome.

01/08/2020

The AIPP Silver Lining Awards for 2020 were announced on Thursday night and I am overwhelmed. I feel honoured to have won 2 categories including Isolated and Life. In the Portrait category, my image of Ern Hendry came 2nd. I also received a 4th place for my image in Journey.

There are many people to thank. Firstly, the AIPP Awards Committee for their exceptional organisation of The Silver Lining Awards 2020. A thank you to everyone, including the judges, who volunteered their time to make this possible. Incredible work by the AIPP!!!

Thank you to the SA Council for organising an event so we could watch the live-streaming of the announcements. Thank you to David Haddy and Deanna Dunbar for providing a wonderful venue at Adelaide Portrait Studio. It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with other successful finalists including David Dahlenburg, Kelly Champion and Diana Fernie. Thank you to the National President, Louise Bagger, for the moral support and her amazing work in the AIPP.

The list of prizes was incredible and a massive thank you to the sponsors. I personally would like to thank Eizo, Atkins - Paul Atkins, Jerry Ghionis, Momento Pro and Altered Image Printing for the donation of prizes that I will so gratefully receive. Overwhelmed by your generosity!

Congratulations to category winners and everyone who placed in the 12 categories. The work was just outstanding! So many people and much work to admire!!

aippawards.com.au 20/07/2020

Silver Lining Awards Results - Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards

The semi-finalists have been announced in the AIPP Silver Lining Awards. I feel honoured to have 7 images make the selection in categories including Portrait, Place, Life, Journey and Isolation. To all the other semi-finalists, and to those who entered, congratulations.

My portrait of Ern Hendry from Point Turton made the top 25 in portrait. There is another image of a salt lake captured on Yorke Peninsula in the Places category. The third image taken on Yorke Peninsula was taken near Edithburgh after the bushfire. Nice to have 3 Yorke Peninsula images make the semi-finalists list.

aippawards.com.au Home » Silver Lining Awards » Silver Lining Awards Results Silver Lining Awards 2020 Results Our heartfelt thank you goes to all the entrants, judges, volunteers and supporters who made the Silver Lining Awards for 2020 incredible! View the Semi-Finalists for each category through the links below....

24/06/2020

I just love my trips to Yorke Peninsula! I love finding new landscapes to photograph and revisiting the ones that are very familiar to me. I love re-imaging the feel of a place. This is one of the many salt lakes on Yorke Peninsula.

22/06/2020

I am quite obsessed with the salt lakes on Yorke Peninsula and in particular the super mirror like reflections on those still days. Can’t wait for more time on Yorkes in the school holidays!

21/05/2020

I have finally been able to commence a project which feels quite amazing to be involved in. I will be capturing the portraits and stories of the people who have lived on Yorke Peninsula for more than 50,000 years. These are the portraits and stories of the Narungga people of Yorke Peninsula. I will be working with NAPA (Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association) and with Lesley and Michael Wanganeen. Cathy Glazbrook from Minlaton is another contact for this project. We are working towards an exhibition of the portrait subjects and the telling of the personal stories of the people I photograph.

My first subject was the grandson of Lesley and Michael. His name is Fallon Wanganeen. I had the opportunity to photograph Fallon in Moonta last week before he was able to return home to Melbourne. It was pleasure to spend time with this inspirational young man.

If you are a Narungga person in South Australia, and would love to be involved in this important project, please PM for details. Each person who has their portrait captured will receive a framed portrait. Your stories are so important!

This is a quote from Fallon:

"I always have been and always will be a proud Narungga man. I’ve spent most of my life living on country, which I have been extremely grateful for. And while I have had many stints away, I always love getting back home and getting in the water. Wherever I go I always let people know where I come from."

Fallon Wanganeen

18/05/2020

It was great to be able to spend some time on Yorke Peninsula after a lengthy hiatus! I returned to a few of my favourite locations and loved every moment of landscape solitude. The water on the lake was like a mirror and the reflections were lovely.

[04/12/20]   For anyone interested in viewing more of my work, you can visit my Instagram page @karenwallerphotography to see a range of images Not previously shared on FB. Thank you!

06/04/2020

I hope everyone is doing ok and that you have all found new ways to enjoy life. I have certainly had time to reflect and rethink my direction over the coming months. In terms of photography, portraits and landscape images difficult. Nevertheless, I have a wonderful project that I am working on behind the scenes with some other photographers. My exhibition of images from Ethiopia has been put on hold however it will still go ahead at a date to be confirmed. My project capturing the stories and portraits of the Nharangga people of Yorke Peninsula has also been delayed but it is a project I am passionate about and it will go ahead when it is safe to do so. Lesley Wanganeen and Cathy Glazbrook are the people to speak to in regard to expressions of interest. Or send me a message.

I just wanted to share this image of children from the Hamar tribe which was captured in a village in the Omo Valley in Ethiopia at the beginning of the year. I am so thankful that I had this opportunity to travel to this incredible country before the world changed so dramatically. The image is a reminder of the beauty of simplicity and particularly in childhood. Take care.

14/03/2020

The winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize was announced last night and congratulations to Rob Palmer as the overall winner. Although I was unable to attend the opening, other finalists have sent a few photos of my work hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. This is my portrait of Lenny Willis who lives in Kingoonya. The portrait was captured on a family road trip when we stayed at Wilgena Station and is one of the properties where Lenny works. I hope that this image captures the warmth and generous spirit of Lenny! Very proud to have had my portrait of Lenny selected as a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize. Such an honour. Congratulations to all of the finalists!!

04/03/2020

I recently took some family portraits of the Germein family on one of the days when they were shearing. For people who are more comfortable with a candid and documentary approach, this was a great way to capture the atmosphere of an event which is an important part of life on the farm. During a brief break from the shearing shed, the horses came to say hello to Kali which was also a lovely moment.

If you are considering family portraits, my next trip to Minlaton will be on the 21st and 22nd of March. Perhaps this is the kind of portrait session that which may interest you. Feel free to PM me if you are interested in documenting your family doing something that is meaningful to you.

29/02/2020

This image of Lenny Willis and the dogs working with the sheep was captured on Wilgena Station in March last year during shearing. The image appears in the recently published book by author Kristin Weidenbach titled: Faraway
100 Years of Wool
The Story of AJ & PA McBride Ltd of South Australia.
It was an such a wonderful experience to be involved in capturing some of the images for this book and to travel to the properties in South Australia. Wilgena certainly has a place in my heart and I know Kristin feels the same. We travelled there together and fell in love with the people and the place. Wilgena is near Kingoonya which is 4 hours north of Port Augusta. I have been lucky enough to return to Wilgena as part of a family holiday and it was just as incredible!

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