Shalom Life | April 02, 2015

May Karp Talks Yin Yang

The photographer chats with Shalom Life about her latest exhibit

By: Ilan Mester

Published: October 23rd, 2011 in Culture » Art » Interviews

May Karp Talks Yin Yang

May Karp has a new exhibit that runs until Nov. 12 at Toronto’s IX Gallery. Shalom Life interviewed the photographer about her latest exhibit and what got her into the art of photography.

What drew you to photography?

I can’t remember. I was very young when I had a camera and used it. I set it aside for a while when I studied composition, design and painting in later years. After retirement from business I picked it up again in earnest.

Growing up, who were some of the artists and photographers that you admired?

I grew up in a home full of culture and was familiar with the great artists’ work and the famous musicians of the time. I admired them all and had the pleasure of meeting some. My late mother Mary Harris took me to concerts from the time I was young, and my late dad Sam Harris was manager of the Jewish Folk Choir when Emil Gartner was conductor and that was very much a part of our family life.

What inspired your latest exhibit, Yin Yang?

About Yin Yang: that ancient Taoist philosophy claims that there is some good in evil and some evil in good. That life is not black and white and Yin needs Yang to be complete and Yang needs Yin to be complete. I was intrigued by the fact that Marshall McLuhan said about YinYang, “I am being pulled in opposite directions between the known and unknown, somewhere between man’s deepest fears and his highest hopes.”

How would you describe the exhibit?

It is energetic, strong, unusual and varied. There is a short personal few words beside each one explaining a bit of what and why.

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?

Take a lot of shots and don’t worry too much about settings and numbers. Let your eye, brain and gut guide you.

What’s next for you?

To stay healthy and keep on doing what I enjoy. I don’t plan too far in advance.

Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam TrendingMartha Stewart Killed It At Justin Bieber’s Roast Martha Stewart Killed It At Justin Bieber’s Roast TrendingHere's Every Jew and Israel Joke Trevor Noah Has Made on Social Media Here's Every Jew and Israel Joke Trevor Noah Has Made on Social Media Trending
 

This New Israeli Drone Camera Follows You Around During Your High-Speed Activities

April 01, 2015 | By Daniel Asper, NoCamels
This New Israeli Drone Camera Follows You Around During Your High-Speed Activities

Percepto essentially removes the cumbersome barrier of trying to manually videotape your surfing or hiking sessions

Read More

Drake Got Picked On Hardcore for April Fool's Day

April 01, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Drake Got Picked On Hardcore for April Fool's Day

But if anyone can take a joke, it's the 6 God himself

Read More

Fiddler on the Roof Himself to Receive Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement

April 01, 2015 | By JNS.org
Fiddler on the Roof Himself to Receive Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Chaim Topol will forever be known for playing the role of Tevye in the iconic musical

Read More

Palestinian Unknowingly Sells 'Priceless' Bansky Mural for $175

April 01, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Palestinian Unknowingly Sells 'Priceless' Bansky Mural for $175

Gaza resident Rabie Dardouna sold a door on which the British artist painted the Greek goddess Niobe for some 700 shekels

Read More

Israel's Teva Buys San Diego Pharmaceutical Firm For $3.2 Billion

April 01, 2015 | By Nir Zalik
Israel's Teva Buys San Diego Pharmaceutical Firm For $3.2 Billion

The Israeli pharmaceutical giant is buying the San Diego-based Auspex, which has developed a drug it claims will help involuntary movement associated with Huntington's disease

Read More

Indian Community Holds Massive 'Model Seder' for Passover

April 01, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Indian Community Holds Massive 'Model Seder' for Passover

More than 550 members of the Bnei Menashe community in Manipur gather for pre-Passover dinner

Read More

Yom Hashoah 2015 Commemoration Features a New, Compelling Twist

April 01, 2015 | By Dan Horowitz
Yom Hashoah 2015 Commemoration Features a New, Compelling Twist

"70 years since the end of World War II: The Anguish of Liberation and Rebuilding of Lives," takes place on April 19th at BAYT Synagogue in Thornhill

Read More

Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam

April 01, 2015 | By Sy Berg
Shia LaBeouf Converting to Islam

The former Jew (and now former Christian) and his fiance Mia Goth are both joining the Muslim faith in anticipation of their wedding

Read More

More Headlines