Kristen Valley is a photographer and graphic designer from Maryville, Illinois. Kristen became
interested in photography in middle school, pursued it more directly in high school through
clubs, and explored its various avenues in college, finding a love of graphic design along the
way. Her artwork tends to focus on appreciating everyday moments.

Artist Statement

As we walk our same paths every day, seeing the same places, and the same people, our
surroundings can fade into the background, becoming familiar and mundane. We can forget the
simple beauties in our everyday. The camera obscura forces viewers to see familiar
surroundings in a new way, to look at the world with new eyes, and rediscover the life they
thought they knew. There is always something beautiful to discover, you may just need to adjust
your view to see it.