Karl Pfeiffer is a portrait and conceptual photographer based out of Northern Colorado.
Blending his talents in fine art, his interest in video, television, and movies, and his passion for those things epic, romantic, and mysterious about the world around him, Karl now concentrates most of his creative pursuits toward photography.
His primary focus and style revolves around blending the traditional sense of photography as a documentation of the world around us in a moment, with new technology that allows those images to be maniuplated toward the surreal and the impossible. It's here, he finds, that those things supernatural, mystical, Platonic, and meaninful can start to leak into images otherwise firmly based in the physical world grounded in light and shadow.
He finds this blending subtly in wedding photography and couples shoots, as well as more overtly, in his conceptual and portrait work.
His clients include album covers for Fearless Records and the bands BlessTheFall, My Enemies and I, The White Noise, and The Ghoulies. He does book and cover design for his own novels as well as for the novelist Jude Fawley. His portfolio also includes portrait work for the web network The Dark Zone, as well as cast members from Ghost Hunters, Kindred Spirits, Ghost Mine, and Ghost Hunters International, as well as advertising for The Stanley Hotel and the Ghost Hunter Cruise.
Karl is always excited to take on new projects, whether in the traditional realm of portrait and wedding photos, or the non-traditional, where you may be interested in those thin places where reality breaks down. If you believe he might be the right fit for you, feel free to reach out!
Karl Pfeiffer is the author of the novel Hallowtide, which he released in 2012 after seven years of writing. The story comes alive through an ear for poetic language and a combining of Jungian Philosophy and echoes of classic descent narratives with the modern day psychological thriller.
He followed up his debut a year later, in 2013, with the short story collection Into a Sky Below, Forever, which examines the thin places that form between our reality, and the worlds of ideals, horrors, and the sublime.
For the past few years, Karl has been working on an experimental novel called Amarricages, that documents a family's bouts with possession and reality documentary television, and a non-fiction work that delves into the philosophy and science of paranormal investigation, tentatively titled The Record of Dead Religions.
Release schedules for these books are still undetermined.
Passionate about the supernatural since as far back as he can remember, Karl began amateur experiential investigation during his sophomore year of college. Shortly after, he was cast on and later won the Syfy Channel's reality competition series, Ghost Hunters Academy. He went on briefly to work with the Ghost Hunters International team on the same network.
From there, he began work at the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado as one of the resident paranormal investigators on the Stanley's SPI team, leading weekend public investigations. He worked there for five and a half years, conducting almost 250 investigations on the grounds.
He lectures across the country about approaches to investigation, the philosophy of science and the paranormal, as well as paranormal photography. He's also one of the headlining guests alongside Barry Fitzgerald for the Ghost Hunter Cruise, which sails once or twice a year from ports across the world.
Karl also directed a popular web series called Spirits of the Stanley, that grew from simple evidence vlogs, to 30 minute episodes during the 2015-2016 Stanley Hotel winter season. In addition, he's a member of The Dark Zone, a web network launched in the fall of 2016 devoted to the best in paranormal internet media.
Karl still maintains an active involvement in the paranormal world, concentrating on understanding spirits and their experience in a way not that's not masquerading as science, but is somewhere closer to art and philosophy.