An old fisherman pulls in his gill net in the early glow of the rising sun in Hampstead, North Carolina. The fishing capital of the world...spot fishing that is and home to the World's only known "Spot" Festival.
In many parts of the world, fisherfolk have been making their own nets for generations! It's an enjoyable and productive pastime ... I learned the art from old-timers, who taught me to "knit" a net ... that is, to build a series of "meshes" to create an overall pattern. I also learned that netmaking can be a great family activity ... especially when everyone keeps in mind the delicious fresh fish that will soon be landed in those interlocking strands and brought to the dinner table.
In the ever changing fast paced technological world we live in, Karen Wiles' images are like a wind blown breath of fresh air. An enchantment where one wants to visit and then remain...she has a special sense of place and vision that is present in her vividly bold works of art that demonstrate a love and appreciation of life. She has quickly become known as "The Photographer With An Artist's Eye," for it is apparent she captures in photography what some may overlook. Wiles' vast background in art enhances the vision needed to place her art within a unique aura of exceptional beauty. "Her fine art remains in one's soul to long remember... the art feels REAL because the artist is REAL."K.P. Los Angeles.
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