I'm Kristin Perry and I created Present to Beauty as an Instagram account in 2016 as a way to remind myself of the beauty in the world that exists even when times are tough.
My photography journey started much earlier, though. I started working in the portrait industry in 1996 and I went to photo school during the days of film and darkrooms, right at the cusp of the digital revolution.
In school, I was a passionate student and my teachers encouraged me to continue my education so I could return to teach the program. This was a dream scenario, but, at the time, I was in an unhealthy relationship, severely depressed and experiencing intense insomnia. I couldn't fathom continuing on with school, but I kept making images.
I eventually got divorced and my whole world was turned upside down. But I kept making images.
A few years ago, my jaw, neck, and shoulders locked up and the weight of my camera gear became unbearable. But I kept making images.
I've quit more hobbies than I care to admit. But I've kept making images.
Through all my life's twists and turns, I've kept making images.
Why? Nature photography is quite literally my primary form of self-care. Through the lens of my camera, I've learned how to care for myself, how to see, how to shift my perspective, how to be grateful, and even how to love.
Nature photography is my mindfulness practice, my meditation on beauty, my internal guidance system, my humility practice, my experience in joy, and my expression of gratitude.
Using a camera and my life experiences, I intend to courageously express my ideas, seek experiences of interconnection, and use creativity to stay connected to the depths of human emotion in an increasingly complex world.
Glad to have you here,