I met Karl L. Larsen through some mutual friends a couple of years ago, probably out on First Thursdays down on Main Street here in sunny Columbia, South Carolina. You've probably seen him around town, he's also known for the Before I Die walls the last few years where people write their dreams and desires on a community wall.
One of the first things I remember about meeting Karl was that he had written a book about some of his life experiences after a car crash which affected him greatly. Anyone who knows me, or really knows me for that matter, knows I was almost killed in an accident when I was about 17 years old, but luckily all I broke was my leg and did some hospital and surgery time - it could have been much worse. Sometimes those incidents can make or break you as a person, the trauma, and the recovery...I have this in common with Karl as well as mutual friends and art etc.
Anyhow, Karl's going to do an art show up in New York City this week so we decided to shoot a few things before his journey. He's also the only artist who's not a native New Yorker participating in this upcoming show. You can read more about his book called WANT on Facebook and there's a website where you can check out some of the things he's been up to.
John Allen Photography
Columbia, South Carolina