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Artist Statement:

My work is a reflection of the way in which I experience my environment. When I press the shutter release on my camera I feel as though I have captured a secret. I usually can hardly wait to get home and explore it on my computer. I am often surprised by what I find in the end.

I use photography to document the world around me. In my work, I seek to share brief overlooked moments that hold tremendous beauty and grace. Many of the images I capture are often the ones overlooked by people, a leafless tree in a bare field, an abandoned factory, an old railroad bridge. My goal is to make photographs that draw viewers into the "now." A focus on details keeps us in the present; it stops us from fretting about the future or regretting the past.

All the photographs are original images and all post-processing was produced by me. I feel the hours spent fine tuning an image on the computer; duplicate the hours that used to be spent in the darkroom, the goal is the same.

I am inspired by the moments we lose to memory. I hope to bottle up happy moments in my photographs to save for the future.

My goal as an artist is to share the quiet beauty that surprises me everyday in scenes and situations that would normally be overlooked.


Kim Ladd is a native of California but was raised in Peoria, IL. She grew up surrounded by artists and writers. Her paternal grandfather, Philip Jose Farmer, was a noted science fiction author of more than 80 books, and was one of Kim’s primary caretakers. With her grandmother Bette, Kim regularly prowled the local art galleries and art shows throughout her childhood. "I grew up surrounded by bizarre conversations about other worlds and artwork of all genres,” Kim says. “It was an awesome experience."

Kim's interest in photography started early in high school and she went on the receive an Associate in Applied Science in Photo Production Technology from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications Photography from Bradley University.

Kim explains that she goes through phases in her work, sometimes focusing on the harsher more gritty urban environment and sometimes finding her muse in rural areas. “When I am in the groove of creativity I know when a picture will come together and it is very exciting and life-affirming for me,” she says. Kim has been a part of both regional and national shows and currently has work in the LENS 2014 International Juried Photography Exhibition, at the Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL. Upcoming shows at the Speakeasy Gallery in Pekin, IL in June 2014, and as the Artist of the Month at One World Café in Peoria, IL in August 2014.

Currently Kim resides in Peoria Heights with her 16-year-old son Kris, her crosseyed himalayan cat Bob, Akita-mix Jake and fat black pug, Eddie. She is five year post Stem Cell transplant for a non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and holding her own.

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