The creative mind behind the Carolynn Autumn Travel Photography Exhibition has traveled to 30 countries in 30 years.
She has been to 48 countries and six continents and now, she is sharing her work with the public.
She goes by Autumn Carolynn and said she started saving money when she was 12, working odd jobs, babysitting kids in high school and working every weekend in high school. She saved her money from a young age, knowing early on that she wanted to travel.
Her exhibit “30 Places in 30” is now on display at the Paramount Center for the Arts. It contains 18 photographs of her from around the world.
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“It makes me feel really good to know that my photography is able to connect with someone even though they’ve had an experience in a different place,” she said. “I use my photography to bring them a memory that they had forgotten. It thrills me to see other people reminiscing about the amazing experiences they’ve had in the past.”
Her exhibition is filled with images that for her are the most representative of every country, from Austria to Japan.
Autumn Carolynn went to college at Illinois State University and studied abroad for a semester, deciding the last semester before graduation to fly to a different country every weekend. She would leave class on Thursday, take the train from Canterbury to London, sleep at the airport and fly out on Friday morning. She spent the weekend traveling and would be back at her apartment in time for class on Tuesday. She traveled for 13 weeks, going to 13 different countries.
She spent most nights in hostels, but other times her travel plans were less cohesive and she slept in a casino bathroom in New Castle, a park bench in Paris and on the floor of a McDonald’s bathroom.
After college, she continued her travels as a flight attendant, becoming a travel agent and then a travel design manager before COVID-19 hit and she decided to focus on photography full time. She completed her last three spots, with the last in May, officially making it 30 spots in 30 years.
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Now, she’s attending art shows every weekend to showcase her work and connect with visitors. She has 14 exhibitions this year alone. And, she is in the process of publishing a book. Her work has been edited, beta read, and she is in the process of finding literary agents to publish it. Each chapter focuses on a different life lesson she learned in each country.
Her work is on display now through September 28 in the lobby of the Paramount Center for the Arts.
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