Fine Art Photography

Franka M. Gabler

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Franka Gabler
  Artist Statement    

My main inspiration is nature, the magnificence of California’s landscapes, the everlasting change influenced by different seasons, and the beauty of human form as it interacts with nature.

While enjoying expansive views, more often I am drawn to details of nature that are hidden, transient, or understated. My photographs are not based solely on a picturesque landscape, but also on an interesting form or color combination, as well as movement, resulting sometimes in expressionist abstractions and sometimes in dreamy impressionist images. Often I uncover hidden personalities concealed within rocks, reflections, and waterfalls.

While photographing, I feel at peace with nature.




Born and raised in Croatia, fine art photographer Franka M. Gabler developed a strong fascination and admiration for nature early in life. Moving to California in 1997, and soon after experiencing her first wilderness backpacking trip in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Franka fell in love with the amazing landscapes before her. Now spending as much time as possible hiking and exploring wilderness areas, Franka always carries her camera and tripod, capturing and documenting her impressions.

She currently lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, not far from Yosemite National Park. Photography is her passion. While photographing, she feels at peace with nature.

Franka’s photographs are published in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s “The Best of Photography 2010” book, Yosemite Conservancy Magazine, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide, and "Photographing California" Vol. 1 - photography book by Gary Crabbe. Her work was featured in numerous exhibits in California and beyond. Her work is represented in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

She is affiliated with Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst and Spectrum fine art gallery in Fresno, CA.

She has a career as a scientist, and holds Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.