Submission from Oakland, Artist/Photographer
Karl Reeves is an artist and photographer currently living in Oakland, CA. When he isn’t shooting film, he is passionately collecting and caring for his plants which has taught him attentiveness and patience. He believes that one’s relationship with a person can be reflected in the way one cares for plants. He’s happiest when giving back to his community and inspiring people.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Right or left handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
Fried fish with veggies
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
What inspires you?
I’m mainly inspired by my personal life and thoughts, I’ve been through so much its mad easy to look within and grab something worth sharing with the world. I just turn my trials and tribulations into art and then look back at it and reflect.
What do you do for money?
I work at a camera shop in SF
What do you do for pleasure?
There's nothing more pleasurable than being myself and not following trends. I'm at my happiest self when I stop giving a fuck and do whatever it takes to give back to my community and inspire the people. Treating people with respect and be courteous is very pleasurable for me.
Your idea of happiness?
Having balance is my idea of happiness, a little bit of sadness or confusion is alright with me. I believe emotions good or bad serves a purpose and plays a vital part in our growth as human beings. Waking up knowing I’ve inspired someone for the better brings me much joy and happiness.
Your idea of misery?
I would be miserable if I wasn't able to express myself creatively, because art teaches me about life. Without it I would never feel like I'm evolving as a human being.
If not yourself, who would you be?
I honestly can’t think of anyone else to be
My mother is my hero
What is your present state of mind?
Hmmm my state of mind is usually always happy and vulnerable. I never want to give off negative vibes and vulnerability helps me process situations. On the other hand I’m always prepared to teach as well as learn, I try to be focused at all times.
Bedside table books?
"Revolutionary Suicide" - Huey P. Newton
"Men Explain Things to Me" - Rebecca Solnit
"Kindred" - Octavia Butler
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
I smoke kush
Do you collect?
I collect plants as of summer 2016. They've changed my life tremendously, mainly taught me how to be more attentive and patient. Plants remind me that all of us have a care plan and though what I need to thrive and survive may be different from what you need the fact is we all need some form of love and care. I sometimes look at someone with a side eye if I know they can’t keep a plant alive, it makes me wonder if they also treat their relationships with people poorly, for me it's all the same.
Tea or coffee?
Chai tea with a shot of espresso
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?