Kimberly Poppe

The first time I read it, I remember being particularly struck by this passage in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own:

“What is meant by ‘reality’? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable—now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now in a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying. It overwhelms one walking home beneath the stars and makes the silent world more real than the world of speech—and there it is again in an omnibus in the uproar of Piccadilly. Sometimes, too, it seems to dwell in shapes too far away for us to discern what their nature is. But whatever it touches, it fixes and makes permanent. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates.” 

I have always been slightly obsessed with trying to find these moments of “reality”. This has led me to both meditation and photography.



Kimberly has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for the last 20 years. She has received personal instruction and training from some of the greatest Tibetan teachers of our time, and was encouraged to teach meditation. Kimberly leads meditation workshops and retreats around the world. She is also the co-founder of bodhi, an international community started in Amsterdam and dedicated to bringing a clear mind and an open heart into every aspect of our lives. Born in America, Kimberly has been based in France for the past 15 years and recently moved to Amsterdam with her Italian husband. She is also an accomplished photographer, bringing together meditation and creativity through the lens of her camera. Her images can be found in private collections around the world.



• The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC (Certification, Photography)

• Institute for Wisdom & Compassion, Roqueredonde, France (Three Year Retreat, 7 months each year, Tibetan Buddhist Study & Practice)

• Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA, (B.A. High Hons)


• Playing with the View, Minuscule, Lodève, France, July 2015 (solo)

• Seascapes, Tiona Gallery, Pacific Palms, NSW, Australia, January 2015
• Contemplative Works, Bahia Gallery, La Jolla, California, USA, November 2014
• Sukhavati, Dorint Gallery, Winterberg, Germany, October 2014
• Contemplative Photographers, The Institute for Wisdom & Compassion, Roqueredonde, France, August 2014
• Exposure 2013, See | Exhibition Space, Long Island City, NY, July 2013


• Honorable Mention, Fine Art- Abstract, International Photography Awards (IPA), 2015

• Selected as a Featured Artist on Rise Art, 2015

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