Kenneth A Carlson


"You don't take a photograph, you make it." -- Ansel Adams



For me, photography is a way of life. I strive to infuse each photograph I "make," with the same creative, passionate and adventurous spirit with which I live my life. Through my photography, I hope to offer truth and inspiration about the world in which we live and a unique, even painterly, perspective on life.




Kenneth A. Carlson has been "making" photographs since he, at age six, received The Handle Instant Camera by Kodak for Christmas!  After a childhood of capturing images in the Buckeye state (Ohio), Carlson decided to head eastward, to Brown University, where a new and vibrant world awaited.  He was not disappointed as the Ivy League school, located in the heart of New England, provided him with a fresh, dynamic photographic canvas on which to paint.

Upon graduation, Carlson found himself utilizing Washington DC as home-base while traveling the globe preserving the world’s riches on film.  To date, with camera at his ready, Carlson has had the privilege of visiting more than 65 of the most fascinating, culturally diverse, not to mention, remote countries on the face of God’s beautiful earth.

While not looking through a Nikon viewfinder, Carlson is an award-winning director/writer/producer (visit in the film and television industry and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife and three children.
When tired of cranking out instant photos from The Handle, Carlson uses a Nikon D300 SLR with a wide range of glass, including, but not limited to, the AF DX Fisheye- NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED, AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 f/2.8G ED.