No Mud, No Lotus Solo Exhibition
Photography: Travels Through Humanity
Karen K Redding had her first photography show in 2008, and entered the field of photography with a professional mental health background. She has worked as a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst with a private practice in Laguna Beach, California. As an avid world traveler, her mental health background and meditation practice inspires a deep relationship to her subject and offers a reflective interpretation of what she sees.
Travels Through Humanity is the name of her growing body of photographic work, taken in remote places throughout the world. It has received attention in several art exhibits in Southern California. This work embraces the human landscape of diversity while also highlighting core values of people everywhere: a need for connection, a quest for safety and sense of belonging, and an innate desire to be seen and accepted deeply.
This newest work, No Mud, No Lotus highlights photographic images from the Kingdom of Bhutan, a small country located entirely within the Himalaya mountain range, bordered by China in the north and India in the south. Bhutan places its highest value on ‘gross national happiness,’ used to measure the collective happiness in a nation.
This body of work shows the many facets of happiness that grow from the daily practice of generosity, kindness, and compassion, and offers a glimpse of what peace looks like when we can meet ourselves and each other in a more kind and compassionate way.