Katy Parks Wilson photographer

BIO Katy Parks Wilson is a Southern California-based fine art photographer whose work has taken her around the world, but she continually comes back to her favorite subject, Three Arch Bay in Laguna Beach. Since her grandfather bought a tiny house overlooking one of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet in 1962, and she began spending time there, she has been enchanted with the everchanging moods and light geography of this single place. First she interacted with her sanctuary by building sand castles and body-surfing, eventually it evolved into documenting its seasons and elusive beauty with photographs. She has a collection of images from this beach that span over 20 years. The images here capture some of Three Arch Bay’s magical variations of color, texture and light as the explore the line between detail and abstraction. As an Art/Photography teacher in the Los Angeles school district, journalist and event photographer, Katy has immersed herself in disparate cultures and places. Her work encompasses abstracts, graffiti, urban landscapes, still lifes, and portraits as well as land/seascapes. As a natural storyteller, she uses photography to document a moment, evoke a sense of place, or simply take a closer look. Rather than manipulating the subject, she plays with the facility of the camera pushing in for a close-up, working with the light, considering different angles or experimenting with processing options to complete the final image. The result: Timeless yet unconventional images that command attention. Parks Wilson has had six solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, including a recent show of Cuba images at the Perfect Exposure Gallery in Koreatown, and one at Beyond Baroque in Venice. She has also participated in many group shows, has been commissioned by various hotels, hospitals and corporate clients television to create custom images, and regularly licenses her images for film and TV production companies to use as set decoration. Her work has appeared in, among others “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Criminal Minds,” “The 40 Yr. Old Virgin,” “Shameless,” and “Rock of Ages.”

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