About Me

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

— Jonathan Swift


Mathison was born in Ormskirk,  September 1967.

Worked for 23 years as a Project Manager for a Military Defence company until taking voluntary redundancy to pursue a career as a photographer.

She graduated from Blackburn College in 2017 with a First-Class BA Hons degree in Photographic Media.  In 2018 she was diagnosed with womb cancer but still managed to complete her PGCE the same year and is currently studying her MA at the University of Central Lancashire. 

Mathison has been a wedding, portrait, editorial and commercial photographer since 2009. Initially she centred her personal practice primarily around documentary photography however her personal photographic practice now focuses on the representation and the familiar of local communities and places, reflecting on society from varying points including change and loss. 

She likes to collaborate with individuals & communities in terms of representation and place, questioning how co-authorship and produced photography, creates greater narratives and representations of our shared society and place.

Currently she is working on a number of long-term projects including the visual representation of obesity and how it can be explored via photography, gender and identity, activist life and humanities impact on the planet in relation to the new epoch, the Anthropocene. 

She also works as an hourly paid lecturer at the Blackburn College.


With over 27 years experience of providing excellent Project Management and Customer Service, I deal with challenging situations professionally whilst doing what I truly love, photography. 

Her clients include Nigel Howarth - Ribble Valley Inns, Co-op Foods UK, British Homing World, National Lottery Good Causes,  Wickes,  Refinery Media Group, Boomerang Media,  BAe Systems, Dulux Paints, Mrs Dowsons Ice Cream, Key Agent Property, Neales Waste, Miss Transgender UK, Bashall Barn  and MacDonald Hotels.

She has had work published with Woman & Home Magazine, Cat Magazine, British Homing World, Brides up North Magazine and many more.

Work with Me

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April 2019 - The Hanover Project Gallery, Preston. 

April 2019 -Prism Contemporary Gallery, Blackburn. 

June 2017 - BA Degree Show, Group Exhibition, Victoria Buildings, Blackburn.

May 2017 - Five Ways of Seeing Exhibition, The Storey Gallery, Lancaster.

April 2017 - The Three Degrees Exhibition, The Making Rooms, Blackburn.

June 2016 - BA Degree Show, The Crypt Blackburn Cathedral.

June 2014 - Exmoor Breed Show, Devon.

All images © 2017 Karen Mathison, no use without permission. Thank you
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