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Bill Karrow
Bill Karrow
Geographic location Citizen of the World, Westfield, New York, United-States
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When and how do you start to create?

I purchased my first camera in order to make slides of my drawings to send to galleries, and I fell in love.

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Do you went to an art school or self-taught?

I have a university degree, but it is in Art Education. My artistic focus while there was in academic drawing and painting. I didn't get involved in photography until after that doing most of my learning of the medium by myself. So, as far as the technical aspects of photography are concerned, I'm self-taught.

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Do you create as a professional or for your own?

Essentially, everything I do is for my own. Even professionally, if I don't at least like it, I probably won't do it.

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How do you learn and work your skill?

These days I mostly learn through experimentation. I have a small digital "darkroom" where all the magic happens.

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What do you like in this art, your motivation?

I make art because I want to have something interesting to look at hanging on my walls.

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What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your work?

I love the reaction a collector gets when they absolutely have to have a piece or the person who returns to a gallery or museum day after day to visit the same work. It's so pure.

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What are your favourite subject(s)?

I don't know if they're a favourite subject, but I've done an awful lot of photos of dead or decaying plant matter. I do a lot of walking and thinking. For some reason when I think, I tend to look at the ground. There isn't much in the way of interesting scenery where I live. It would be nice to go to some of the places in other photographers' images. Anyway, this stuff is everywhere, and I guess I've grown to associate what I see with my thoughts.

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How do you prepare a creation or project work?

For individual creations that's a difficult question to answer mainly because each one has had it's own path toward development. With projects there is more of a pattern. I will have, say, a half dozen or so images and together they will suggest an idea. I then ask myself, "Okay, what do you want to do with this?". Out of that process of brainstorming, rumination, and refinement that which emerges then becomes the core around which the project develops until it is complete.

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What are your prefered moment(s) when you create?

When I'm creating? It has be that moment in post-processing when everything comes together and I swear I hear the voice (Muse?) say, "Oh yeah......that's it........right there". That's my drug!

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What are your most representative creations, and why? (links)

Many people would say that it is the work I did for a 2006 project entitled Flora-Forum. However, I have to say that it is the work that I am producing now. It is unique in that it is both technically and conceptually mine.

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What are you trying to share via your art?

I think my art is about what it means to lead a human life. It's about our inner world and our outer world and how they interact and the interplay that goes on between them.

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Who are artists that fascinate or give you inspiration? (links)

Most of my youth was spent (wasted) buried in the pages of of the english version of Metal Hurlant, www.heavymetal.com/; so pretty much anyone who has appeared there has had an influence on me.

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What equipment and/or technic do you use?

One word........metal

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How and why your work as changed since you started?

Early on, I was so concerned about making good art and being liked and respected. And getting laid, too. Let's not forget about that! Now I just want to be faithful to what it is that I carry around inside of me that's making me do this.

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What does the Internet media give you?

It's something of a mixed bag. On the plus side is the global exposure that only the internet can deliver. However, there are drawbacks. For myself, one thing in particular stands out. Nearly all of my work is produced on metal or metallic-based papers the effect of which is impossible to reproduce on a screen. So, while the widest possible audience is reachable, it is with a somewhat less than optimal experience. On the other hand, there are also pleasantly happy surprises such as when I uploaded Untitled V.2 to Art Limited. The image thumbnail for this work excluded most of the content leaving a minimalist square composition. It is only when the viewer clicks on the thumbnail that the full complexity of the work is revealed; a nice bit of theatre.Thank you

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What are you expecting from Art Limited and/or other members?

An opportunity to meet new people, share ideas, teach a little, learn a lot, form friendships, and laugh.

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What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Someone said to me once, "You could benefit from some adult supervision". It's probably true.

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If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?

Wow, I've done so many things (house/pet sitter, garbage man, dish washer, photo editor, and grave digger to name a few). An interest inventory test told me to be a biochemical engineer while astrologically I'd make a good priest. I think I'll stay with art, for now.

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What are your plans in the future?

About 5 years ago I started a project entitled the After Hours Lounge. Right now there are about 60+ pieces altogether. I will continue to add new work expanding it with the idea of exhibiting it in whole or in parts as well as publishing it in book form. I'm also experimenting with creating works consisting of multiple prints and of incorporating a more sculptural approach to the physical medium.

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Do you have anything else to say?

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