10 minute with Kari Medig

Interviews with Photographers February 15, 2013 8:45 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

I grew up in rural Canada with parents who had slight ‘hippy’ tendencies. One way they expressed themselves was through photography. With their matching Nikon FE’s (the cool black ones) they’d take photos of wild mushrooms and remote northern landscapes. My sister, the dog and I would be loaded into the family’s old Ford Bronco and we’d all head out to explore the bush. I can remember my dad setting up a darkroom in the bathroom afterwards and we’d watch the images come to life. I definitely had a spark for photography early on.

 

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

 

What would your dream assignment be?

I’m most in love with photography when I’m in a state of purposeful wandering, especially on a subject I know really well that is removed from its usual context. For example, I know western ski culture inside out, but what does that look like in India or in Israel? I love answering these questions with photographs. My dream assignment would integrate this element, along with physicality and ample time. I like work that is physically challenging and I feel that my best work happens when I’m free to get into those rare situations. That’s when the magic happens. Basically, if I’m at a Kashmiri ski hill shooting a local ski guide who just saved a client from a wild tiger by whacking it with his ski pole, I’m living my dream assignment.

 

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Can you tell me about your project, Back to the Land? That first photo of the series on your site is stunning. 

I think that for many Canadians, nature is a constant presence that is impossible to detach from every day life. Back to the Land is an ongoing project that examines the intersection between humans and nature. This relationship is often depicted in Canada in terms of survival, but I want to show that it can also be contemplative, joyous, humorous or harsh. This theme influences much of my work even when I’m not shooting in Canada. The first two images are of Malcolm, a fellow whose expression and presence I feel really embodies the more mystical side of the human/nature relationship.

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

Kari Medig

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

I would encourage myself to take risks, to trust my intuition, and to follow what truly interests me in life and photography because that’s what develops a unique style. I’d also tell myself that my passion for photography will get even stronger with time. Most of all, remember to savour the creative moments, the interactions, the places, and people along the way because that is really the pure gold. Oh, and I’d probably mention shares in Apple.. trust me on this one.

 

(Kari is based in Nelson, BC. See more work, here)

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