IT IS ALWAYS INTRIGUING TO LEARN ABOUT THE BACKGROUND OF THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE WE WORK WITH. WHERE DO THEY COME FROM, WHAT JOURNEY DID THEY FOLLOW TO COME TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW IN THEIR LIVES. IT’S INTERESTING TO DISCOVER THE PATHS PEOPLE TAKE, FOLLOWING THEIR DREAMS AND BEING DIRECTED BY THEIR TALENT.
Karl Galim is self-employed and offers his services as photographer. A profession he does with great skill and talent. But Karl was not always a photographer. His journey began on a very different road and he made several turns to arrive where he is right now. And he set his first steps on that road when he arrived in Paris at the age of 16.
Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles and an overseas region of France. Martinique is the island that was once home to Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and thus first Empress of France. Martinique was also home to Karl Galim before he moved to the French capital Paris at the age of 16. Karl arrived with a dream of working in couture. A dream he shared with many young people who come to Paris for exactly that. And a dream he actually realized. Stylist by training, he landed himself a place in a haute couture atelier where he stayed for the duration of 2 years. After that his career took its first turn.
Though his dream was haute couture, Karl Galim found himself a job that was – though different – as fulfilling and probably even more creative. Karl became costume designer for Disneyland Paris, a job he held for 8 years. With his experience as stylist and costumier he then decided to re-enter the fashion industry and added 6 years of freelance couturier to his resume. Many things had changed in the time he designed the colourful outfits for the Magical Kingdom and inspired by all those new technologies, Karl took once another intersection and followed a training in web design and photography. He joined a web design agency where he stayed for another 5 years before taking his – for now – last turn and start his own business. Today Karl works as a self-employed photographer, but has not forgotten al he has learned on his way toward this. He still enjoys designing and making costumes, and the theatrical aspect of his styling and couturier training can also be found back in his photographic style.
No matter what people’s background is, or how many intersections they take on their path to arrive at the place where they are supposed to be, often the road is paved with elements that never change. In Karl Galim’s case creativity, inspiration, curiosity and courage. And above all a drive to do whatever he feels like doing best. –BM-
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