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Hello! Welcome. Here’s a little bit about me…

I would rather live in a small, well built home (or boat) than a huge poorly crafted house.

I truly believe less is more.

I grew up in a family of world travel guides and architects.

I climbed the three highest volcanoes in Mexico-Orizaba, Ixtachihuatl and Popocatapetl.

In my late 20s, I worked as a mountaineering guide in the Sangre de Cristo range and lived out of a backpack for over 2 months.

In the year 2000 I navigated a sailboat across the Pacific Ocean.

I gave birth to my first child at the age of 39 and my second at 42.

I have been a photographer since graduating BFA in 1991 and wanted to be a war journalist when I was in my teens.

I love to be alone.

I don’t prescribe to trends and often go out of my way to do the opposite.

I am an explorer first, artist second.

I would rather be anchored off a remote atoll than near a bustling port.

The first ocean passage I made was from San Diego to Hiva Oa in the Marquises Archipelago.


20130730kristiannekoch-dreamsonboard_book0007I love handmade books. One of my very first fine art projects was a handmade photo book of bound silver gelatin prints. The book for On Board is specific to that work only, however. The wabi sab-iness of small, simple postcards tucked inside a re-used book reflects what it is like to live on an old boat. “Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.” (Wikipedia)

My Age of Enlightenment series is presented as tangible artifacts that are interactive. My At The Edge work is meant to be presented as large prints that make the viewer feel like they are surrounded by water. Presentation is fundamental to the work.

Sailing Voyage to Polynesia

The boat ran aground in Manihi when the anchor rode chafed through on a huge coral head. I documented it. This was the first time I felt prepared to create the work I love.

When we were living on our boat in Hawaii I would get in the water and let the shore break carry me in and out while I photographed the powerful waves of the North Shore.

When I am photographing in the water or surfing, I am most often alone.

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    February 6, 2014

    thanks for sharing so much of yourself … its always inspiring. The way you capture water and light is truly captivating. xo

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    February 6, 2014

    inspiring and beautiful. xo

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    Rina Shapira

    February 7, 2014

    I read your words about yourself mesmerized. I am at awe of your commitment and love of the ocean. I feel the same about Earth, and resonated with your words. Your images are sublime..