About Kate

Kate Buggeln

I picked up a camera following a long career in retail and fashion, much of it spent looking at commercial photographer’s images of perfectly beautiful people and places. A different direction called to me.

Whether the work is figurative or abstract, my intent is to capture a mood and create a sense of mystery about the subject. The result can be dream-like or a puzzle to figure out. Imitating the painters and potters I grew up with, I use a highly physical creative process. Many of my abstract images are created by deliberate camera movements at low light times of day and night with my camera settings at play. And sometimes, what appears a painting will emerge. But when the weather, water or place are imperfectly right, often in storm, I am drawn to the figurative possibilities.

All my works contain a single digital exposure and while edited, do not use Al. Any distortions are created by camera movement, fabric, fog or reflections caught in water, glass or metal. Self-taught in business, I took the same approach with the camera. My unstudied approach, and impatience with post-production editing has created an instinctual result. For better or worse, it's all me.

I live in the magnificent Hudson River Valley, and the towns and natural places it nurtures are an inspirational well, serving me as they have other artists for many generations. The valley is ever in motion, its impermanence a daily, provocative constant to get out of bed, grab the camera and shoot.

My photography is always on exhibit and available for purchase at katebuggelnphotography.com and Piermont Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, NY (celebrating its 32nd year), and is regularly shown at regional and New York City shows.

Recent and Upcoming Exhibits and Awards:

  • Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill NY. “War”. February through April 2024
  • Garner Art Center in Garnerville NY. “Annual Member Show”. December 2023.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Fusion”. Featured Artist. October 2023.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Summer Glow”. Featured Artist. July 2023.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Illumination”. Group Show. April 2023.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Level Up”. Group Show. March 2023.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Illumination”. Group Show. December 2022.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Harvest”. Group Show. November 2022.
  • Arts Council of Rockland in New City NY. “Hidden Treasure Gallery”. October 2022.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “The Ways We See It”. Featured Artist. September 2022.
  • Hastings Art Commission in Hastings NY. “Sugar, Sweat & Stone”. September 2022.
  • Union Arts Center in Sparkill NY. “River Dreams” June through August 2022.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “Spring Fling”. Group Show. May 2022.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “The Pearl”. Group Show. March 2022.
  • Piermont Flywheel Gallery. “He Said, She Said”. Duo Show with Harry Martin. February 2022.
  • International Monochrome Awards. Honorable Mention in Conceptual Category. 2021.