|Creative people often determine their calling in life at an early age. This was the case for Carl Gillette, who, at the age of ten, sent in coupons from the backs of Superman Comic books, to get his first camera. He received a cardboard Three Stooges camera with Stooges action negatives and printing out paper. Carl impressed his friends by exposing the negatives to sunlight then developing the pictures under the garden hose. |
Within a year, he owned one of the first cartridge loading Kodak Instamatics. From his home in Tampa, Florida, he sent his film to Uncle Red Carson in Atlanta. An established professional photographer, Uncle Red processed Carl's film.
Until his mid-30's, Carl was self-taught. In the late 1980's, he returned to school at Daytona Beach Community College where he received his degree in photography and advanced training in commercial illustration.
His professional experience and body of work encompasses many genres, including commercial illustration, documentary, portraiture and fashion. Carl's photographs demonstrate a remarkable ability to capture mood, emotion and character. Images involving the female form, made during his years of self-study, exhibit an esoteric awareness of the feminine psyche. His keen interest in and mastery of the cyanotype has led to publication in Darkroom Photography magazine and placement in a permanent collection at Valencia Community College, Florida.
"Perception and reality diverge at any given instant in time," says Carl.
Carl Gillette lives on an eight-acre farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, with his wife, Barbara, a professional writer, and their Golden Retrievers, Chance and Gypsy, and a stray who came to stay, Curly