This piece by Nia Karmann is one of many currently on display at Sump Memorial Library.

Even when people told her ‘no,’ Omaha photographer Nia Karmann saw a world of possibilities through the lens of her camera.

Karmann was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly, but despite being bound to a wheelchair, she pursued her dreams of becoming a photographer.

“I’ve had a lot of doors slammed in my face,” Karmann said.

Because of her condition, Karmann said, others told her she would not be able to work in a field that required so much movement.

They were wrong. Karmann’s love of photography sparked when she was a child and it continued to grow from there.

“If it’s your passion, you’ll find a way to do it,” she said.

Now through July 31, Karmann’s photos will be displayed at Sump Memorial Library, 222 N. Jefferson St., and she is happy to share her work with the Papillion community.

“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “The people in Papillion are wonderful. Everyone is so warm and welcoming.”

It’s an honor to have her work for all of the Papillion community to see, Karmann said, because she loves sharing her talent with the world.

“I love going to different art shows throughout the year and being able to connect with people,” she said.

Though Karmann captures a variety of subjects, she enjoys photographing children and high school seniors most, she said.

Karmann works out of her home and hopes to one day open her own studio in Omaha.

While some see her condition as a disadvantage, Karmann said from her wheelchair, she has a unique perspective on things.

From a lower viewpoint, Karmann said she is able to see uncommon things.

“It’s been neat. I’ve always had a different vantage point and a different outlook on life than most people,” she said.

To contact Karmann or to view her work, visit her website at nyestreetstudio.com/about.html.

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