Interview with Featured Artist…ME!

No I didn’t interview myself! Come on now! I was interviewed by shawhouse as the current featured artist with A Photographer’s Craft.  I thought I would brag and post the interview 😉

 

 

Interview of photographer Karri Klawiter by Shawhouse

Every once in a great while one encounters an artist whose body of work reveals such surpassing clarity, focus and sophistication that the images should not merely be referred to as “Art,” but as “Arthur.” I recently cyber-sat down with Karri Klawiter  to discuss her Arthur… Luckily, Ms. Klawiter agreed to the interview before reading my questions.

How long have you been practicing photography?

Art has been a part of my life since I can remember. Doodling as a child, late in high school I discovered I could paint, and now as an adult I’ve moved to photography. I really started practicing photography in January 2008. Before that, I dabbled a little bit here and there with a 35 mm, but nothing serious, and not very often because of the whole processing film thing. I would make one roll of film last months. Every shot I took was planned out, because I would only take one. My husband bought me a digital SLR for Christmas this past year, and that has seriously opened the world to me. I love my new camera, and with it being digital, I can take as many as I want! Then Photoshop entered my world in April….ah…life will never be the same!

What was your first camera, and how have you progressed with respect to photographic equipment?

My first camera was one of those long, flat, black and blue, 110 film Kodak cameras. Remember those? Do they even sell 110 anymore? I loved that thing. I would carry it around everywhere when I was little. But I tell you what, I think don’t the pictures were ever in focus, much less had the subject fully visible. I couldn’t tell you what cameras I’ve had after that and before my first SLR.

My husband came home one day with a Canon Rebel SLR he picked up at a pawn shop. The intention was that he was going to take up photography as a hobby. He read the manual from front to cover (yes, he actually read the whole thing), played with it a bit, took it on a hiking trip, took 10 rolls of film worth of pictures, packed it away, and never touched it again. I would pull it occasionally, for holidays and such, but it really didn’t get much use till last summer.

For some reason I can’t remember now, I was taking a lot of flower pictures, and they were actually turning out nice! (My pictures never turned out growing up, I always had a secret passion for photography, but never thought I was any good at it.) That summer I used a whopping 3 rolls of film! Hey, that’s the most I had ever used. But to be fair, I also had a cheap little digital camera that I was using constantly too. That cheap little digital camera died after my 2 yr old dropped it. So I started dropping hints to my husband about getting a Canon Rebel Digital SLR. My biggest argument was that we already had filters and lenses that were interchangable with it, so why would we buy another cheap digital that will barely get used. His argument was that I already had an SLR that worked perfectly fine. Much to my surprise, the very last present I opened Christmas morning (I must add here, that I was deeply depressed by then, I thought he took the hint, but it wasn’t looking good) was my digital SLR! I cried and cried. Such a stupid thing to cry about huh?

So…my photographic equipment is still limited, but it does include: Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xti, Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens, Canon EF 35-80 mm lens, Canon EF 100-300mm zoom lens, 3 (1x, 2x, 4x) zoom filters (I really want a macro lens), and various other filters.

Do you have a favorite image in your own gallery? What is it, and why is it your favorite?

I think my favorite image is “Abandoned.” I am not really sure why. It really isn’t anything special, but I love it all the same.

Have you ever done anything extreme to get that “ultimate shot” – or have you traveled anywhere remote to take photographs?

I haven’t really done anything extreme, yet. But I did get chased off private property for taking pictures of an old school house. Honestly, I did not know it was private property, it wasn’t marked, it sat on the side of the road and there were 3 fences and a good 10 acres between it and the next house. Man was the owner mad! By the way, that old school house is the one in “School House Rot” and “School of Time Past.”

Which image from my body of work has most inspired you? Take as long as you need.

Oh sure, this question you say take as long as you need, could have used that on the camera question! It is a hard question too.

I think it would be “Lost” though. I woke up one morning, realizing that day was a deadline for a competition I wanted to enter, but I didn’t have anything to submit. I started going through all those old pictures saved on the computer I never did anything with. You know, the rejects. I came across one that was already merged into HDR of a tree. Very boring, I know. At that time, things weren’t going very great in life; I was in a dark mood. So I thought, hey, what would it look like in black in white?

That started the snowball effect. I took all that recessed dark depression and anger, and put it into the image. When I first thought it was done, it still didn’t feel right, until I added the girl. I guess she symbolized me, because I was feeling quite lost at the time. Creating it really made me feel better. Isn’t art a great stress reliever? I submitted, thinking there is no way this picture is going to win, it doesn’t have the feel any of the other entries did. It won. I was shocked and happy; I even did a little dance of joy.

Wonderful story.  Truly inspiring…  .But, I was referring to my body of work.  Take as long as –

What was your name again?

Ed. Note – The interview resumed the next afternoon.

Have you got your own website, if so what is the url and how long have you had it?

I do not have my own website as of yet. (outside of my Redbubble site.) Though, I do have a blog I just started that is based on art. It’s address is https://artbykarri.wordpress.com

Film or Digital?

Digital! Hands down digital! You can take as many pictures as you want, and get rid of those you don’t with just a click of a button. No wasted film!

JPEG or RAW?

I’ve tried RAW, truly, but JPEG seems to work best for me. I can’t explain it. Everyone says ALWAYS use RAW, especially with HDR images, but for me RAW images merged into HDR end up with a lot of noise. I must be doing something wrong…

For here or to go?

Unfortunately, to go. Two young children, a husband, school, and other responsibilities, I rarely get to say for here.

Are you a member of Gift of Art where all proceeds from art sales go to cancer research? What would you say to help promote the charity account?

I think the art speaks for itself. It is an amazing collection, plus the proceeds go to help research cancer. Why would you buy art elsewhere? Yes, I am a member, and I am not just saying this to promote my work. It really is an amazing thing they are doing. I was honored to donate a couple of my most popular works. We all know someone in which cancer has affected their lives, if not lost a loved one to it. It is an unbiased killer. It doesn’t care what color your skin is, if you are a child or 120 years old. We need all the help we can get to fight it. Someday there will be a cure.

What is your favorite subject to photograph (and why)?

That is a hard one. My subjects change like the wind, but if I had to pick one (and it is probably because of withdrawal, haven’t been able to get to any recently) it would be dilapidated, abandoned buildings. They have such character and history. How many families have lived in this house? Where they happy? What did it look like new? How many people over so many years stood in this spot, or looking out that window? I find it all so fascinating. Of course I also love genealogy, so there you go!

What is your favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (and why do you have a favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?)

Who? I’m gonna have to Google this one! Hey, I’m just a small town country girl!

 

Is there anything you would like to add about the Photographers Craft group or anything else?

The Photographer’s Craft is a wonderful group of amazing photographers. Not only do they have talent, but they have the heart to go with it. Just look at The Gift of Art.

You going to eat those fries?
Dang straight!

Dang!

Weekly Themed Features – Symbols of Hope

This week’s feature theme is Symbols of Hope. These beautiful works of art were chosen from A Photographer’s Craft. Please enjoy these works, and don’t forget to check out the artist’s personal pages, where you can view more of their gorgeous work!

 

A symbol of hope can mean a number of things to any individual person. If you were asked to take one picture creating a symbol of hope, what would it be?

Would it be a white dove in mid-flight as it was for Mark German?

(This image can also be purchased at The Gift of Art)

How about a symbolic lone tree as in Dana DiPasquale’s “Maybe This Year Will Be Better Than The Last”?

Or maybe it would be a serene landscape image like Adrian Rachele’s “Ode to Life” or “Breaking Through” by Tom Vaughan.

(“Breaking Through” can also be purchase at The Gift of Art)

Or a glorious start to a new day like it was for Sue Wickham?

 

What about a symbol of faith as it was for lallymac?

“And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews and they smote Him with their hands.” John 19:2-4

Maybe it’s the ever watchful guardian angel in “S A C R E D” by Redtempa?

 

For me, through my eyes…the symbol of hope was the innocent smile of my daughter, my future, my hope.

 

What is your Symbol of Hope?

 

Don’t forget to visit The Gift of Art, where all proceeds go to the National Cancer Institue, to help fund cancer research, and give hope to others.

My Latest Photography Series – Nautical

I spent a day out on a boat in Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, Mi, intending on scuba diving. Of course I brought my camera. This is not my typical work, but I have been pretty desperate for something to photograph!

Enjoy the veiw of the bay through my eyes….

 

 

All of my work can be puchased as premium art cards, and most are available as matted prints, laminated prints, mounted prints, canvas prints, framed prints, and posters. All in varying sizes. To see more work and/or purchase click here. (or click on a particular image)

Example Card:

Don’t forget to visit The Gift of Art, where all proceeds go to the National Cancer Institue, to help fund cancer research.

Karri’s Diving Blog

Digital Abstracts & Patterns Magazine

I have been published in a magazine!! Okay, so it is just an online magazine, but we all get our start somewhere!

Digital Abstracts and Patterns Magazine was idealized by Aloramyst, one of the hosts of  the Digital Abstracts & Patterns group. Many people were involved in creating this magazine, unfortunantly, I was not one of them. But, I was one of the selected members to be published in it. Not only was I published in it, I also have an image on the cover! “A Pinch of Blue” was selected as one of the 40 images on the cover. (The same 40 images are repeated, but flipped around, in the four squares.)

The first half of the magazine contains interviews with each artist chosen to be published. The interviews are listed in alphabetical order, mine starts on on page 52. After the interviews, each artist has a two page display of some of their work. My art is on page 146.

CHECK IT OUT!

Weekly Themed Features-Emotional Attachment

This week’s feature theme is Emotional Attachment. These beautiful works of art were chosen from A Photographer’s Craft. Please enjoy these works, and don’t forget to check out the artist’s personal pages, where you can view more of their gorgeous work!

 

“Sister Two” by Adrian Rachele

“This image was taken of my sister-in-law after our visit to Auschwitz.
We went to a bar in the old Jewish quarter of Krakow, to have a drink and reflect.
I think this image best displays our feelings at the time. A feeling none of us had ever experienced before. To have been, too see, to smell such a place of despair and death.” – Adrian Rachele

 

“Waiting to Say Goodbye”
by Dana DiPasquale
“This photograph has a very special meaning to me. I was visiting with my aunt and uncle, the family gathered, waiting to attend funeral services for a beloved uncle that has passed away. The night before we did our best to enjoy each other’s company and joke around like we usually do, but mostly we were just trying to get through the night so we could say our goodbyes in the morning. I saw these antique children’s chairs that my aunt had and decided to spend some time taking photos of them to get my mind off of things. I brought the chair out to the garage so that the smooth, rich wood would be in stark contrast to the rough, stained concrete floor. A running theme throughout my photography is viewing objects from new perspectives, so as I stood on a ladder that I found and tried taking photographs without falling, my uncle walked by and laughed at me. “You’re taking a picture of a chair?” he said. I told him “You just wait – this will be a masterpiece!” but I am pretty sure he didn’t believe me. The photograph turned out exactly the way I had envisoned, a sense of being in a room but high above it like an omnipotent source, alone, expecting someone to be there who isn’t, a bit of a faded memory. This fine art piece hangs on my own wall, and I smile when I see it for it is a reminder of the family I love.” – Dana DiPasquale

 

“On Her Way”
by Sue Wickham
“THIS WAS THE LAST PHOTO I TOOK OF OUR DAUGHTER BEFORE SHE LEFT IN THE CAR ON HER WAY TO THE CHURCH WITH HER DAD…

And she is on her way, The veil conceals a single tear, Her Father holds a shaking hand and the limousine pulls away.
They talk of nothing really, “You’ll always be my little girl”, he says, as they pull into the Church, and the veil conceals a single tear.
The organist plays, and everyone stands, This time she holds her Dad’s shaking hand, There is no veil to conceal his tears, and the longest walk of his life begins.
“Who gives this Woman”, a nod of consent, A secret glance, and exchange of vows, For now and forever, for better for worse, And she is on her way…
” -Sue Wickham