This is the first in a series of biweekly interviews with Vintage Karma’s artists. Curt Carter is a Tuscola resident who takes gorgeous photos of places near and far. He has traveled all over the United States to capture its scenery.
Q: How long have you been creating?
A: I have been selling my photos for about 15 years. … I have been seriously into photography for about 28 years.
Q: What was your first piece? What inspired you to create it?
A: My first piece of what I call a good landscape print was of Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. What inspired me to shoot the mountain was mostly its beauty, but I wanted a good photo of it because I had climbed it and wanted a very large print of it, and was having trouble finding one that suited me. So, I made my own.
Q: How did you get into making your creations?
A: I travel all over into some of the best and scenic places in the U.S., and I like to reproduce what I experienced for others to see.
Q: Describe your creative process.
A: My creative process involves finding an area that appeals to me and then studying it for a while till the light and clouds are just right to get out of the shot what I am looking for.
Q: What drew you to your chosen medium?
A: What drew me to photography is that I can photograph all of these different places and bring them home with me to share with others and to revisit them through the photos at any time.
Q: What is your favorite part of the creative process? What is your least favorite part?
A: My favorite part of the creative process is taking something that most people walk by or see every day and take for granted and photograph it in a way that makes them stop and see in it what they overlooked or just can’t see. My least favorite part is that I have so many photos that I really like and not enough time to do them all.
Q: What keeps you inspired/what inspires you?
A: I am not sure what keeps me inspired other than I just can’t pass up a good shot.
Q: What do you do when you’re not making art?
A: What do I do when I am not making art …. looking for new spots and the time to shoot them. Oh and I do have a day job at Shelby Motors in Champaign that takes up too much of my (passion) time.
Check back on May 30 to meet another one of Vintage Karma’s artists and visit our store to check out Curt Carter’s Featured Artist display!