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Meet Karina Bowden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karina Bowden.

Karina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born on May 21, 2002, in Ural’sk Kazakhstan, at the age of three I was adopted and brought to the United States. I’ve lived in San Diego since then and wouldn’t trade living in California for any other state. Out of all my five siblings, I’m only close with one of my sisters, Antigone. Growing up as a maverick child, I loved exploring and running around, getting into trouble. Every couple of months I would rearrange my entire room, moving my bed from one side to the other, along with many other pieces of furniture. Amusingly, this would tend to take place extremely late at night. At 2am, my parents would hear their 10-year-old daughter dragging her 150lb bed across her room in hopes of finally being satisfied with her visioned arrangement. For the past 10 years, I’ve played soccer for Sharks and Borussia Del Mar, my forte positions being goalie and defense. In addition to that, I’ve been skating for almost two years now, at first, I would just cruise to try and get around but these past couple months I’ve been getting more technical.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road isn’t so easy at times, my parents have never supported my photography and it’s made getting materials such as my camera difficult, It took a while to save up enough money to buy my camera. It’s unfortunate, I don’t have much moral support at home either, but it’s taught me that supporting my aspirations is the most important support I need. Relying on others for support and approval on achievements that don’t affect them is a lost cause. Somebody’s not always going to be there, and so you have to be ready when they aren’t.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
For almost two years now, I’ve been doing freelance photography based in San Diego, I specialize in portraiture but am also not limited to other types of photography. Capturing skateboarding and other forms of action photography is quite enjoyable, along with abstract and conceptual art. I’m proud of my passion for art and capability at the age of 17. Being creative is my strong peak, it’s benefited heavily with my mix of perfectionism, resulting in precise and attractive creations.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up was an enjoyable challenge. Fitting into a selective group was never something I was capable of. As cliche as it sounds, I’ve always felt and been an outsider. In friends groups, I’ve never fully fit in, and I believe that’s why I tend to jump from group to group. But this factor has resulted in me capturing more perspective of people and has resulted in me meeting people I never would have thought I would’ve met. As a kid, I was always interested in photography and art, ever since I got a cheap cell phone I would always play around with the camera and the settings. I would go to the park as a kid and just take photos of the trees in weird angles, or of the playground structure. In middle school and early years of high school, I would get bullied for my art, but I never really took notice to others opinions, I just kept doing what I wanted regardless of other’s opinions. Without my headstrong trait, I don’t believe I would be excelling like I am now.


  • For a personal photo shoot, I charge a flat rate of $90, all inclusive.

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All taken by me except the personal photo of me taken on the chair, which was taken by @iamjoelresendiz

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