Mostly Present by Richard Karp, Coming Soon to Gallery425

Join us at the gallery opening, Friday, December 2nd, 2016 @ 6pm.

Mostly Present, a sampling of regional Williamsport by Richard Karp, is a display of recent photographs from the area hosted by Gallery 425. Topics range among nature, cityscapes, portraits, and editorial photographs.


I MAKE NO CLAIM TO UNDERSTANDING ART. Rather, I shoot what I see and that is that. An early love of cameras and photography was nurtured by viewing the works of others. When I see something great, it is internalized and then informs how I see.  Some who have made an impression: Arnold Newman, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Bert Stern, Emett Gowen, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, and so many more covering a variety of genres.  I love looking at photographs.   I love shooting in the moment.  I love magic time when the light is low and shimmering.  I love beauty, in people and nature and buildings.  I love telling a story, revealing feeling or character.   I love recording a moment that can be recalled years later. I’m sentimental that way.

A particular fascination is witnessing the effects of time, seeing a person or place or event in various stages.  Eventually the subject is no longer there which makes the shot poignant, or at least historical.  A shot from inside the old Ace Locksmith is such a photo. The building was on Third Street, approximately across from the current Wegman’s.   Nothing in the photo is there anymore.  I’ve been carrying a camera around for many years. Pictures like this are not planned but become part of the record, that particular moment.


RICHARD KARP grew up in Williamsport, PA and attended public schools. After adventures in New York, California, West Virginia and Washington state, he settled back in Williamsport around 1976. He has worked as a factory and construction laborer, forklift operator, school teacher, apple picker, tree planter, computer programmer, systems analyst and administrator, and restaurant operator. He has degrees from Penn State and W.A.C.C., and is retired from a computer career and involvement with the family business. A photographer since his teens, retirement has enabled deeper immersion into this passion. He has lived for the past 28+ years on Bastress Mountain.


Tree Planters by Richard Karp