An Interview With: Karim Skalli

Who are you and what do you do?

I'm Karim Skalli a third year photography student currently studying at Norwich University of the arts.

How did you get into what you do?

I think I got in to photography through the places I visited with my family. We visited Morocco quite often due to my Father being from there and this got me interested in capturing my surroundings from an early age. Maybe it was an appreciation of what I was seeing that made me realise it needed to be captured.

How do you work?

I've always photographed based on impulse and intuition, working particularly close to natural light and it's interaction within our everyday. I also like to work in the moment, capturing the fleeting moments that usually pass us by or that are overlooked.

How would you describe your work?

Subtle, evocative, atmospheric, poetic, still, serene. 

What is your background?

I studied photography at college in which I learnt the basics but it wasn't until I did my foundation course that I realised It was something I felt I could excel in and started building up some confidence in what I was doing. From the foundation course, I got Into Norwich university of the arts and am continuing to develop as a photographer, developing my style and the approach in which I work. 

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from photographer Rinko Kawauchi. She's been one of my influences from the start and I've always looked up to her work and the way she perceives the world around her.

Why photography?

It's just something I've always enjoyed and as the years have progressed something I've wanted to turn into a career. Photography is a subject that allows you be creative and continues to push and challenge you for as long as you do it.

What are you goals after University?

Assisting is something I feel I need to do in order to get my foot in the door of the industry. I also want to get my work out there to as many people as I can, get some exposure for my work and make a name for myself.

Is there any specific equipment you use?

When shooting digital I use a Canon 500d with primarily a 50mm lens mainly because it has a real soft focus to it that works coherently with my style of work. Recently I've been shooting a lot more with film, using an Olympus OM10 and Yashika T3.

What's the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?

The best advice I could give is to define your own style of work in order to separate you from the crowd. Keep experimenting and don't be afraid to fail as you learn from your mistakes and will become a better photographer. Finally just enjoy what your doing and photograph what makes you happy.

All images copyright of Karim Skalli


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