We had the good fortune of connecting with Glen Carpenter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Glen, why did you pursue a creative career?
It began as an outlet, really, a way to deal with stress. As time passed, though, I developed a fascination with photography. Throughout its history, photography has encompassed nearly all aspects of our daily lives. Photography records information. Photography documents our lives for future generations and photography can also be beautiful pieces of art. Once I began focusing on the art aspect, I knew I’d found my callingCan you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
That’s a difficult question, because I know a great number of very talented photographers. What sets any of us aside from each other, though, is best described as our own, individual styles. I love color (when shooting in color!), I love both the contrasts and subtleties that Black and White can bring. What others notice most, though, is that I’m a nut for details and for bringing a Fine Art perspective to the very things they encounter in everyday life. Professionally, that meant throwing myself into the process. Understanding the details. Setting alarms to catch “just the right” sunrise to shoot something underneath an underpass!. Easy? Perhaps not, but the perseverance pays off in the end. What you’ll find in my Art is the pursuit of both excellence and the unconventional,Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Not fair! I’m biased, of course, but I truly believe Houston’s Art Scene holds its own anywhere in America. Okay, other than the Museum of Fine Art Houston, all of the wonderful studios I’ve given a SHOUT OUT to, I’d show them just HOW.MUCH.STUFF there is to do in this town! Food? You cannot visit Houston without eating at the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation. You like Italian? We got Italian! Try spending an evening at Nino’s, Vincent’s and Grappino’s and not coming away two pant sizes larger. Coffee? TOO MANY places to mention, but I love love love Tout Suite for the brews and baked goods. If you’re downtown? Visit Day6 Coffee. In addition to being wonderful people who bring you caffeine, they’re also serving up wall space to local Artists. How can you beat that? And this sounds crazy, but Houston’s lack of zoning means you can be just about anywhere and find just about anything. WAIT! I forgot to SHOUT OUT the Artist who practically set me on my path- Stephanie over at Deerslug Studio!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The usual suspects, of course! I’d be remiss not mentioning my friends and family, my beautiful wife Sandra and the many, many others who’ve offered their encouragement. SHOUTOUT to Houston’s Archway Gallery. SHOUTOUT to the amazing artists in residence at the Hardy & Nance Studios. SHOUTOUT to the OG’s at Mother Dog Studio!