I was born and raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York. I always had a knack for the creative side of things. I was first introduced to formal photography at the age of 15 during a high school photography class. Black and white film developing quickly became a love as well as printing my own images in the darkroom.
After high school, I traveled a winding road through life which included several years at college full-time and part-time as well as having a child. Photography was always a love and a passion of mine but frequently life required it take a backseat.
In 2015, I acquired a studio space in the YOHO Artists Community in Yonkers, New York where I have been able to develop my creative side. In 2020, I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Lehman College in New York.
I have spent some time exploring various avenues of photography and have found that I am most drawn to images that focus on the surreal and slightly darker sides of life. I enjoy exploring abandoned locations and ruins found along the hiking trail as well as cemeteries.
My most recent endeavor, The Creepy Baby Project, involves documenting a love and fascination for composition dolls from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I am currently exploring various avenues of alternative printing techniques as well as developing a book. Visit The Creepy Baby Project to learn more.
Kristina V. Thorstenson
578 Nepperhan Avenue Studio 412
Yonkers, New York 10701
2017, October - "The Creepy Baby Project"- An Beal Bocht Cafe - Riverdale, New York
2015, October - Various images from "Creepy Babies" project apart of a Lehman College student Art Show, "Scary"
2014, September - "Nature Blown Up" show hung at Indian Road Cafe in New York, NY
2013, September – "Gone and Forgotten" show hung at An Beal Bocht Café in Riverdale, NY
2013, September 12 - Feature article in The Riverdale Press "Haunting cemeteries seeking serene subjects" http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Haunting-cemeteries-seeking-serene-subjects,52949?page=1
2013, September – Variety of pet photography hanging at Groom Spot Grooming Salon in Tuckahoe, NY
2009 – Photography incorporated in a group show at Wave Hill House in Riverdale, NY
2007 – Outdoor Photography Finalist Nature Photography Competition. Featured on the website homepage
2004-present – Variety of photographic projects done for Riverdale Nursery School and Family Center
2006-2008 – Volunteer photographer for Clearwater Festival in Croton, NY. Images featured in the annual report and on the organization's website
2005-2019 – Various contracted portrait work