Karen Alsop is a talented illustrative photographer, digital artist and photoshop educator based in the South East of Melbourne, Australia. “I never thought of myself as an Artist. Artists to me were painters, creatives that produced beautiful images by using paintbrushes, pencils and even clay,” she says. Alsop is known for creating beautiful fantasy worlds and her Photoshop composites are really unique and well done. Karen uses Canon 5D Mark III camera and photoshop to create stunning whimsical style and humor combined photography.

“I realised, after 20 years of being a “creative”, that I had been in fact always an artist. I don’t use a physical paintbrush. I can’t draw freehand to save myself. My tools are my imagination, a camera, a Wacom Tablet, lighting, my computer and software. My passion for creating has been ignited.”

For her latest “The Christmas Wish Project”, Karen decided to give seriously sick kids at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne a Christmas they’d never forget. The mum-of-two transported the children to a Christmas wonderland with the magic of digital photography.

Christmas is a joyful time, a time I love to celebrate with my family, but not everyone has that blessing. I’ve always felt for the children in particular who are unable to leave the hospital during this season because at a time when the world is joyful, their pain is even more evident. I wanted to give them a gift that brings hope and I wanted to free them, at least in a creative sense, from their IV lines, monitors, from the confines of the hospital ward and the reality of their situation. My main aim was to rekindle their faith of what the future holds for each of them.

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