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The Dance of Light and Shadow


Shea Stanfield
Be it black and white or color, micro view or panoramic macro space, photographer Kristen Kabrin elicits the magic of light and shadow in her deeply intuitive images.  Growing up as a self-described “military brat” in an Air Force family, Kristen spent her childhood crisscrossing the country many times with a couple leaps over to Germany for good measure. 

Kristen’s family, eventually landed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona before retiring from the military in 1987.  Shortly after, the family moved to Reno, Nevada where Kristen continues to make her home today.

A love of photography has been with Kristen from the beginning. 

“I was the kid with the Polaroid throw-away or the point and shoot camera with me at all times,” she said.

It was when her parents subscribed to National Geographic magazine that she discovered photographer, Jim Brandenburg, and became a fan of his images and the stories they told.  Kristen reports she has no formal photograph education or training but stands on her ability to be a lifelong learner, a good listener and a keen observer with an adventurous streak. 

Early on the folks at the local camera store gave her suggestions for improving her images. She later joined a photography club where the group became friends and mentors of one another’s work.  Constantly curious, Kristen asked questions, observed, and soaked up every bit of information that came her way to develop and hone her own photography techniques.

It’s apparent that Kristen loves the art of Mother Nature, which is a constant inspiration for her images.

“One of the best perks of being a landscape photographer is you get to be outside and experience nature, in all her glory,” Kabrin says of her photography work.

One of her greatest joys is to hear and see that others are inspired by her images.
Her goal is to, “to share all that nature has to give and to inspire others to want to get out there!”

Kristen does have a day job as an administrative assistant for the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is looking forward to retiring later this year with 25 years of service.  She looks forward to travel and seeking out new opportunities to push the envelope on her photography full-time. 

About four years ago she helped photographer Dennis Doyle set up his first showing at the Arizona Fine Art Expo, this year she has returned to exhibit her own work, along side, Dennis. 

Arizona Fine Arts Expo runs through March 25, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   Kristen Kabrin’s work is also represented by Desert Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale ( .