Meet Jan Kaulins, of Manitou Beach, MI, the photographer who has been specializing in photographing around Detroit for over 20 years, long before the current new trend of photographing around the metro Detroit area became popular. He has one of the largest ranges of contemporary and historical fine-art Detroit photos available anywhere. Jan hand-colors his black and white film photos and all of his digital photos are made from 9 separate bracketed exposures.
All of my photography, contemporary & historic deals entirely with Detroit & metro Detroit area, so location is great. I also like the variety and quality of many artists already at YD.How long have you been creating your art work?
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
I think my main accomplishment is being a full time artist for over 30 years...I've worked in several mediums, but have been a photographer for over 20 years, specializing in Detroit photography.What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
In the last few years it's become 'popular' to photograph around Detroit. Having started doing so over 20 years ago, I have many images that the 'new kids on the block' don't have. I have also been collecting, restoring, & printing historical Detroit photos for about 15 years which I produce as fine art prints.What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
An archaeologist searching for mummies in Egypt, a magician, a baseball player, and a trumpet player like Louis Armstrong.
What inspired you to start creating your wart work and how did you turn it into a business?
After six years of college at EMU & UofM and working as a crisis intervention counselor in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, I decided to quit my job and hit the road going to and selling my handmade art at music festivals around the country. That let me jto art fairs which I have been doing since. I've been in over 500 juried art fairs and have traveled through the 48 states of the USA exhibiting my work.What do you love about the creative process?
It's all up to me.
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
"No guts, no glory" and "fortune favors the bold"
You can find lots of Jan's amazing Detroit photography at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Jan all this week!
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