A Dream Of A Remembered Day


“A Dream of a Remembered Day” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed the room in an abandoned sanitorium in Pennsylvania.  The woods were photographed in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York.  Both images were photographed using my IPhone X.  I came up with the original concept on my Ipad using the Diane app which arbitrarily mixed the two images together.  I like the juxtaposition of this old, peeling paint room where one feels like a prisoner and the wide open space of the woods where freedom awaits.

And Stars, In Their Orbits, Shone Pale Thro’ The Light


And Stars, In Their Orbits, Shone Pale Thro’ The Light ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“And stars, in their orbits, shone pale thro’ the light” from Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe.

I photographed this on my Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic App.  I did most of the processing on my IPad but brought into Photoshop to run it through a few other filters.  I like the moodiness of it.

Packard Plant


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I traveled out to Detroit, Michigan last week to photograph the abandoned Packard Plant with Abandoned America.  The Packard Motor Car Company was built the plant in 1903 and was designed by Albert Kahn.   The plant encompassed 3.5 million square feet and is considered one of the largest abandoned industrial sites in the country.  The plant closed in 1957 and has stood abandoned ever since.  The plant was recently purchased and the new owners have started “The Packard Plant Project” which entails revitalizing the existing buildings.

I photographed the images using both my Fuji X-T1 and IPhone X.


©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved


©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved


©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved



©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved


©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved


©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

What Once Was

What Once Was

“What Once Was” ©2018 Karen Johnson

Happy Father’s Day!

I photographed the above room at Pennhurst State Hospital with Abandoned America a few years ago.  I get a little tired of the same old abandoned images out there, though I do love them.  I decided to add a pencil sketch texture to this to pop the detail and change it up a bit. The detail in this room is really interesting.  The old bulletin board on the left has this great red white and blue star and stripes theme running around it, the torn paper hanging above it tacked on the wall has the partial words for “schedule”.  In the back, written on a shower wall are the letter “ntom.  Could it be “phantom?”

The Ghost of Sweeter Days


“The Ghost of Sweeter Days” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The ghost of sweeter days” from the poem The Haunted House by Margaret Eilzabeth Sangster.

This great hallway was photographed with my IPhone X at Belcourt in Newport, RI.  I added one of the vintage images I have and worked on it on both my Ipad and on my Mac Pro in Photoshop.  I wanted a slight cartoon/illustrative look to it.

The Mischievous Sprite


“The Mischievous Sprite” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was down in the SOHO (South of Houston Street in Manhattan) yesterday and was walking around with my IPhone.  I looked up at the Puck Building, zoomed in and captured the “mischievous sprite” using my Hipstamatic App.  Photographed with the John S lens, Rasputin film and RedEye Gel flash.  I loved the painterly feel that came about zooming in and using this film combination.

Calling The Spirits

Calling the Spirits

Calling The Spirits ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

The room is an image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art  and inspired me to do this  piece.  I added the landscape as a mural which is an image I took at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The sky is a combination of sky images and textures.  The woman is a vintage photograph from “The Sum of All Crafts” and the Ouija board I photographed at an abandoned mental hospital. The symbols and writing on the walls I added in along with a few other little details.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and remember those who serve and have served our country.

The School Boy



“The School Boy” ©2018 Karen Johnson

I found this great watercolor portrait by John Henry Brown called “Portrait of a Young Man.”  It is part of the open access collection on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website.  I, of course, had to change it up a bit.  The background was photographed at an abandoned school I visited with Abandoned America.  The little house is from a flea market and the spider on his shoulder is courtesy of Pixelsquid.  I really like the way the blue hallway with red numbers framed the young boy.  It added a graphic feel to a rather creepy image!



The Bee Agent


The Agent for Bees

“The Bee Agent” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I found this wonderful portrait by James Peale of Richard Thomas II in the Open Access program at the Metropolitan Museum of art.  You can see the original here.  I added a landscape I photographed at Rockefeller along with some cloud textures from Photomorphis.  The house was a great dollhouse I photographed at the Brimfield Antique Show.  Bees are from Pixelsquid through Photoshop.  I made some bee brushes from them to place in the background and on the house.  I added the old frame surrounding it since I didn’t like the original.


Till The Stars Had Run Away


Till The Stars Have Run Away

“Till The Stars Had Run Away” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Till the stars had run away” from the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats.

I stumble upon this beautiful portrait “Portrait of a Young Lady” on the National Gallery website.  The painter is anonymous but they do know he was a follower of Leonardo da Vinci. It was painted around 1500.  I decided to work with the portrait and create a new piece of digital art.  The background stars were created in Photoshop, her necklace was created from a texture in IColorama.  I just liked the star part so I cut them out and placed them around her neck.  The red panic button earring I photographed with my IPhone X at abandoned Turbuclosis Hospital as well as the image of the building on her face and hair.  I worked with the image first on my IPad using IColorama, Circular App, and Leonardo.  I then brought it back into Photoshop on my computer to make the color and lighting adjustments.


Silence Lay Steadily



“Silence Lay Steadily” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was out in Pennsylvania last weekend on an Abandoned America trip.  On my way back I found this place with old vintage buildings.  I photographed this with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic app (John S lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film).  It was the perfect old haunted house.  I love the lightning rods on top!


Dark Shadows


“Dark Shadows” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I was up in Newport, RI this past week and took a beautiful walk along Cliff Walk.  The daffodils were out and I photographed this beautiful mansion with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone X.  I did most of the processing on my IPad Pro using Distressed Textures and Decim8.  I brought into photoshop to add a few more touches.

I have two images being shown as part of an exhibit at the Atelier Gallery in Newport, RI from May 5 to May 25.

Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side


“Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side” from the song “Walk on the Wild Side”  by Lou Reed.

This image is composed of a photograph I had taken in New York City and an old fashion illustration.  I did most of the processing on my iPad Pro using the IColorama and Leonardo to change the fabric on the dress to graffiti I had photographed in an abandoned New York asylum.  My goal was to play around with a cartoon strip effect.  The cartoon effect is using Cartoon2Comics and Pow Strip Design.  Just playing around and having fun!

Darkness on the Edge of Town


“Darkness on the Edge of Town” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Darkness on the Edge of Town” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

I photographed this down in the SOHO area of New York City using my IPhone X and the hipstamatic app.  I loved the dark look and this woman reminded of a witch standing near a church so I couldn’t resist.

I Am a Forest and a Night of Dark Trees


“I Am a Forest and a Night of Dark Trees” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“I am a forest and a night of dark trees” from a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche

I had been working on this one for awhile.  I had originally worked on the vintage image of the woman with the horse for another project that I hit a wall on.  I decided to play with distorting the horse and woman and then using the glitch app, Dicem8, as well as IColorama to give some strange effects.  90% of this image was processed on my iPad and the remaining 10% in Photoshop. The landscape background is one photographed with my IPhone.

From The Other World I Come To You



“From the Other World I Come to You” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“From the Other World I Come to You” from The Poor Ghost by Christine Rossetti

This is a combination of work done in Photoshop on my computer combine with Iphoneography and processing on my iPad.  The vintage woman and landscape was processed in Photoshop on my computer.  The landscape was photographed at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York and the vintage image was colorized by me.  I composited the vintage image into the landscape using Photoshop.  The flowers were photographed with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app at John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York.  I brought the Photoshop Image into several apps on my Pad to produce the torn paper look down the middle.

I Trust You To Translate My Whispers


“I Trust You To Translate My Whispers” from Before the Music Ends by Sandra Fowler

This image was created on my IPad Pro using a landscape I photographed at  Baxter Preserve with my IPhone X. and a vintage woman photograph I colorized and retouched. I used a lot of apps on this one, Diana, Decim8, IColorama, Snapseed and more.  I just sit and play with the image until I get something that I like.  I like the surreal look to this and the graphic squares just pushed it a little more that way.  It is both surreal and romantic.


The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes


“The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes” from the lyrics Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by Lennon-McCartney.

This is one of my IPhonography images.  I photographed the building in NYC in the Tribeca area with my IPhone X and fell in love with the topography on it “Brush Up Business with Paint, Paste, Paper, Push”. The woman is a vintage image I colorized and retouched.  She is actually sitting in a landscape I photographed at my friend, Rich Lewis’ workshops, in the Pine Barrens.  I use a couple of great Iphone/Ipad apps to combine different images, colors, textures and effects.  The apps that really get this surreal effect are the Diane app and Dicem8.  Totally destructive apps that go in and rip apart the pixels.  They take me a couple of days to get the image where I want it.   As soon as I saw these colors and the sky I thought immediately of the great Beatles song from the Sargent Pepper’s Album  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”.  I didn’t have the album when I was a kid but my sister, Pat, did so I would sneak in her room and listen to it when she wasn’t home!

Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins



“Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins” from On Being Human by C S Lewis.

Landscape photographed at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York using iPhone X and Hipstamatic camera app.  Film and lens in Hipstamatic John S + AO BW.  I did 90% of the editing of this image on my Ipad using the apps: Snapseed, Leonardo, Union, and IColorama.  I brought in the lake effect using a great app called “Color Lake”.  The vintage image is one from my collection.


I Speak For Trees, for the Trees Have No Tongues


“I Speak for Trees, for the Trees Have No Tongues” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

” I speak for trees, for the trees have not tongues” from The Lorax by Dr. Suess.

I photographed this yesterday on my walk in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York.  A beautiful place to see rolling meadows and hills.  My mission was to get a nice walk in before the snow (we had 7.5″ overnight) and play around with the Hipstamatic app on my IPhone.  I fell in love with the lens/film combination John S + AO BW.  It is a very moody and atmospheric combination.  I then brought the image into IColorama and played around with different effects.  I liked this one which landed up looking like a  glass tiles or a window pane.  Just made it a little more interesting for me.

Rock and Roll Woman



Rock and Roll Woman ©2018 Karen Johnson 

Inspired by the song “Rock and Roll Woman” by Buffalo Springfield. One of my absolute favorites.  Stephen Stills wrote the song about Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

I worked on this image on my Ipad using several photographs I put together on it.  I like this melding of different images to come up with something new.  This immediately reminded me of the pop art I grew up with.  Peter Max, Heinz Edelman (Beatles Yellow Submarine) and my favorite, graphic designer Milton Glaser.


The main image is a vintage image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The creepy building in the woman’s mind is an iPhone image I took at an abandoned hospital/asylum.  There’s another photo I just took yesterday at Stone Barns using slow shutter that can barely be seen.  I used digital painting apps and brushes to give it the pop art look I wanted.




Reminiscence @2018 Karen  Johnson All Rights Reserved

One of my composites that I did in my IColorma Artistry Class.  The landscape was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The woman is a vintage image I colorized.  I worked this piece on my Ipad using IColorama, Snapseed, Stackables and various other apps.  I was going for a very moody and surreal piece.


Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days


“Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days” from the poem Oft, In the Stilly Night (Scottish Air) by Thomas Moore.

This is another piece I created in my IColorama class.  You had to take images you previously created and blend and merge them to create a new work.  I combined about 4 images for this piece and liked the surreal and melodic feel it has.  The large majority of the images were taken with my iPhone and all processing done on my IPad Pro.

The Weakening Eye of Day


The Weakening Eye of Day

The Weakening Eye of Day @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The Weakening Eye of Day” from The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.

I’m taking this great class online called IColorama Creative taught by Susan Tuttle and Nicki Fitzgerald.  It is the third online class I have taken with Susan Tuttle and I can highly recommend her online classes.  They are IPhone/IPad based so you shoot with your IPhone and then process your image either on your iPhone or Ipad.  No Photoshop.  I really love these classes because they push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to experiment with different apps and techniques.  I also love the opportunity of working on a piece anywhere I can go with my Ipad versus sitting in front of the computer at home.


The piece above consists of two images.  The background was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  The woman is from Pixabay.  The premise of the class is to use the IColorama app to create your work.  You can use other apps but the IColorama app has some very cool features.  This piece came out very dreamy and surreal.

For No One Entered There But I




For No One Entered There But I @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“For No One Entered There But I” from the poem The Deserted Garden by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia.  Vintage image of the woman from Sum of All Crafts.  Mouse and flowers from Pixelsquid.


Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart


“Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart” @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart” from the poem Ode to Beauty by Mary Darby Robinson

The landscape I photographed at Krucker’s Catering and Picnic Grove in Pomona New York.  I actually mirrored the image to get the effect I wanted of the eye hidden in the grove.  The woman with wings is a combination of a vintage image I have as well as a dress“La Robe a La Francais” that is in the public domain at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts open access.  The angelic fairies are from a work by Luis Falero called “Twin Stars” from the public domain access at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Happy New Year!


New Year 2018 @2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I would like to wish all of you a very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.

Thank you for following my work this past year.  I really appreciate it!

Happy Holidays!


“Winter Fields” @2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Wishing everyone joy, peace and love this holiday and in the coming new year!

Stopping By Woods


“Stopping By Woods”@2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

I photographed this yesterday walking around town during the snowstorm.  I photographed it with my Iphone X and processed on my IPad using Snapseed.  It was photographed in the Town of North Castle and is a view of Wampus Brook.  I forget how beautiful it is around here until I stop for moment and look.

There Is No Road Through The Woods


“There Is No Road Through The Woods” ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“There is no road through the woods” from The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling.

Photographed at the airplane graveyard.  I just love the way the car was hidden underneath the is pine tree, the way the sunlight was reflecting through the trees and the reflections in the car window.

Let Evening Come




Let Evening Come ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserve

The stone mill house at the New York Botanical Gardens.  I was at the Botanical Gardens in early spring on a cloudy day and discovered this beautiful old mill house.  I decided to make it moodier and create light that was moving towards sunset in the fall. 

Something is Brewing



“Something is Brewing” ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia.  The two ladies are a vintage photograph from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access program.  This image took a ton of layers and even more hours.  First time I worked with more than one person in a vintage image and it was very detailed color work.  Worth the time and effort because I love these two ladies.  They were just so darn interesting.

I wanted to create mood, mystery, and a little magic. I always read articles that your image has to tell a story.  Well, sometimes the image, or at least my images, makes the viewer construct the story.  Just by answering five questions you have a story: Who? What? When? Where? How?


My Little Pony



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I photographed this at the airplane graveyard.  I got the biggest kick seeing that little pony sitting on top of this big rusted yellow school bus.  I photographed this with my Iphone 6S Plus using my hipstamatic app.


I Watch You Through The Wiindow



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I photographed the trolleys at a trolley graveyard I visited on an Abandoned America workshop. I loved the way the shattered glass looked and I photographed through the glass to another trolley sitting next to it.  The vintage image is one from the Public Domain.


Can I Buy You a Magic Bus?


Can I Buy You a Magic Bus

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“Can I Buy You a Magic Bus”? lyrics from “Magic Bus” by the Who.

I photographed this at the airplane graveyard last Sunday when I was out photographing at a workshop led by my friend Rich Lewis.  Great group of photographers.  I noticed this school bus surrounded by all this junk and with the sun just touching in spots.  It had a painterly collage feel to me.



1st Place Open Category!


I Dream of the Pale Horse

“I Dream of the Pale Horse” ©2016 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved


I just found out that I was awarded 1st Place in the Open category, PHOTOcentric 2017, for my image, “I Dream of a Pale Horse.”  This is an annual international juried photography exhibition that Garrison Art Center has every year.   Below is a little blurb on the exhibition and the juror, Francis M. Naumann.

PHOTOcentric 2017 December 9, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

For seven years the PHOTOcentric Annual  International Juried Photography Exhibition has clearly established itself as an exhibition of outstanding fine art photography. Artists from across the United States and from across the globe have submitted their work. Past jurors include Malcolm Daniel, Alice Rose George, Harvey Stein, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Stephen Perloff, Elizabeth Opalenik, Robert Mann, Cig Harvey, Robin Rice, in 2014 Marvin Heiferman  and in 2015 Julie Saul.

We are proud to announce that the 2017 juror will be Francis M. Naumann. Francis M. Naumann is an independent scholar, curator and gallery owner, specializing in the art of the Dada and Surrealist periods, including the noted photographers Man Ray and Naomi Savage. He is author of numerous articles, exhibition catalogues and books. Mr. Naumann has organized museum shows for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Craft Museum in New York. He currently owns and operates his own gallery, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, in New York City.   In 2008 he opened his current gallery space with a photography exhibition titled Teacher-Student / Student-Teacher: Man Ray, Berenice Abbott and Naomi Savage which showcased the similarities that exist in the works of the three remarkable photographers.


Ghost train



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I traveled a few years ago with Abandoned America to a trolley graveyard in Pennsylvania.  What I loved about this place was the colors of the rusting train and trolley cars.  The man is one of my vintage images that I colorized and retouched.




©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Appasionato is an Italian term used in music which is defined as telling the musician to perform with a great amount of emotion.

I photographed this at the end of a hallway at the Eastern State Penitentiary.  The grand piano was photographed at the JW Cooper School in Pennsylvania.  The vintage image is a composite of two images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The doves are from Madetobeunique on DeviantArt.

A Silent Footstep on the Stairs


Staircase as Trans Allegheny

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I photographed this staircase at the Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum in West Virginia.  I love the way the light was coming through a broken window onto the wall.  The beautiful colors of the peeling paint. This part of the asylum was a dormitory for women and is in a very decayed state.  It is the only building that is and I loved the look of it.


Darkness, Darkness


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Darkness, Darkness written by Jesse Colin Young and intro by Charlie Daniels. Recorded by the Youngbloods in 1969. I always loved this song growing up and it went through my head when I was creating this image. 
Photographed at Scranton Lace and the back hall photographed at Pennhurst State Asylum.  I wanted it to be a very long hall.  The end of the hallway leads to a night forest. A composite I had created awhile back. I photographed the forest at Rockefeller Preserve. The clouds I photographed in Santa Fe.  Best clouds are there.  The vintage woman is one of my flea market finds.

Born of Gold & Silver Spikes

The Great Big Rollin Railroad

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“Born of Gold and Silver Spikes” lyrics from the “Great Big Rollin Railroad” song.  Created by Bill Fries for the Union Pacific Advertising Campaign.

Photographed outside the window of the Lakeshore Limited heading to New York from Chicago.  I photographed this with my IPhone using my Hipstamatic app.

Leave No Black Plume


“Leave No Black Plume” ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I wanted a ominous feel to this without going too dark. Background was photographed at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut.  Jackdaws are from FrankandCary at DeviantArt since I can’t capture birds as wells Frank can! Vintage girl is one of my oldies but goodies.

“Leave No Black Plume” from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

Harkness-Park-Landscape*”I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth

The background was photographed at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut.  The pug and lavender are from an old vintage card that I found on Graphics Fairy.  The clouds and sky I photographed in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The best place to photograph clouds.  The frame is an actual vintage frame from an old daguerreotype.



View From A Train



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Photographed with my Fuji X-70 from my roomette window on the Amtrak Southwest Chief.  This is just leaving LAMY, NV where I boarded.  The sky and the red clay of the earth are just so unreal. I love the traveling on the train because you don’t get these views from a car.  New Mexico is just incredibly beautiful.   The Wild West.



The Queen’s Armada


I haven’t posted in two weeks because I have been in a workshop, “The Creative Digital Collage” at the Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  My instructor was the wonderful Maggie Taylor whose work has been an inspiration to me and if I had just a pinch of her talent I would be a happy artist!  Maggie’s work is in museums and galleries around the world.  Her work was used for the opening title for the television show “Ghost Whisper” which you can see here.

The piece above is one I started in Maggie’s class and finished at home.  I learned so much from this class and will be always be grateful for Maggie’s generosity with her time and her sharing of her creative process.  It was such a great opportunity to learn from the master.

I used numerous elements to create this piece.  Water is from a local water reservoir where I live, the background is part of dutch masterpiece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access site, the queen’s body is from the National Gallery of Art Open Access site and the head is from a vintage photo, jackdaw from Frank and Cary on Deviant Art.

In Places Deep, Where Dark Things Sleep

In Places Deep, Where Dark Things Sleep

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“In places deep, where dark things sleep”, The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

When I originally photographed the abandoned cars at the airplane graveyard, I had this image of a child standing on the back seat looking out the window.  I’ve watched way too many detective shows!  The building is the Fairfield Hills State Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut which is now known as the Fairfield Hills Campus.  The same place I photographed that creepy scarecrow! I added the road in front from another area I photographed at Fairfield Hills. The child is a vintage photo I purchased and the man driving the car came from the Public Domain website.

Victor E. Jardin


Happy Fathers Day!

I photographed this at Fairfield Hills Asylum in Newtown, CT.  They have this wonderful Victory Garden that community volunteers work on.  I was pretty far away when I spotted this strange thing in the garden.  When I got closer I found their scarecrow, Victor E. Jardin!  It has to be one of the creepiest scarecrows I have ever seen.  Fits right in with the place!

I photographed the “scarecrow” with my IPhone using the Hipstamatic app.

Let Light Shine Out of Darkness*


“Let Light Shine Out of Darkness” ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

*2 Corinthians 4:6

I photographed this at the Museum of the City of New York. I was standing on the staircase in the main entrance and looking up and out to the second floor through the Cooper Joseph’s Starlight installation.  I purposely over exposed it on my Iphone using the Blackie App to get the sharp contrast and an abstract graphic feel from the pin pricks of light.

So Came A Chariot on a Silent Storm


“So Came A Chariot On A Silent Storm”, ©2017 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“So came a chariot on a silent storm” is a line from The Triumph of Life by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

I love working with composites and this one took me a little time to put together.  It is made up of a several different photographs I took.  The abandoned car is from the Airplane Graveyard, the field of grass and the house in the back (the entire landscape was photographed in Gettysburg.  I was standing on Hancock road and it is the Codori Farm that you see in the background. The sky was photographed at Byram Lake in Mount Kisco, New York and the vintage photo of the man is a mug shot from the Public Domain Archive.

I had the car in woods originally but it just wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to.  I started looking for landscapes to place it in and the Gettysburg images I had taken worked the best.

Life Flies By


I was on a trip to New York City a few weeks ago and photographed out the bus window the passing scenery with my iPhone using a great camera app called Slow Shutter.  I kept looking for something with color and this red sign caught my eye.

Please take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our county.


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