A life of travel leads Karmen Harley back to the country
Combining her love of travel and photography, this snapper is living a full life
Karmen Harley had already set up a thriving wedding photography business, s, bought a house and was on the road to suburban bliss when her brother threw those plans into chaos.
“My brother sent me a CD with photos he had taken in Thailand, Indonesia and the UK. I was hooked,” she says.
The images inspired her to close her business, sell everything she owned bar her camera, and invest in a sturdy backpack instead. That was 15 years ago, and Karmen has not taken a backward step since.
She now lives out of a suitcase for most of the year as she travels to exotic, far-flung places. Her most recent trip was to Myanmar, but her most memorable happened en route to Antarctica.
“When I went they were experiencing the worst weather there in 20 years,” she says. “I didn’t want to turn around and come home, so I went to Patagonia instead. It was the most amazing place. No cars, no rubbish, no people, just untouched wilderness.”
Karmen now lives in a small acreage block at Morayfield (north of Brisbane) with her er husband, Matt, two dogs and a few sheep. . “When I’m not travelling, I love returning g home to enjoy the quiet rural side of our life.”