Kevin Paul Carroll of KP Carroll Photography, is a professional freelance photographer with 35 years of experience in the field. He describes himself as a photographic artist who provides a service which was not really being offered. “I like to pop colours and my photographs are often mistaken for paintings,” he says. “Some of my paintings I convert to look like oil paintings but I always tell people what they are and never try to pass them off as paintings.”
Mr. Carroll achieves the vibrant colours in his stunning photography by what he describes as “tweaking the colours for artistic effect” and says that when he takes a photograph he sees in his mind the finished shot he wants to achieve.
Mr. Carroll also specializes in black and white photography and, in fact, during his first year as a photographer, he took only black and white since he had been told; “If you really want to do true photography, do black and white”. He says that he has always admired the work of the late Colyn Rees who was well known for his outstanding black and white photography and he has aspired to reach that level.
“I am not trying to copy Mr. Rees’s work but feel that I am filling a niche where a large void has been left by this great photographer as no-one has yet taken up that banner,” says Mr. Carroll who deems it a great compliment when his work is likened to that of Mr. Rees.
Mr. Carroll’s venture into the world of photography began as a hobby when he was a young man and continued as a hobby until the mid-1980s. “I was always interested in art but knew I could never be an artist so I turned to photography as I was told that I had an eye for art,” he declared. He began by taking family portraits and was influenced greatly by photographer Andrew Aitken but was soon drawn to the commercial side of the business.
At that time Mr. Carroll had a career in the insurance business but photography soon became his second career. His job caused him to travel extensively especially throughout The Bahamas, so he took the opportunity to photograph wherever he went.
About seven years ago Mr. Carroll began selling his photography, mostly scenic but some commercial. He participated in an original art competition at the Sheraton Hotel when it reopened on Cable Beach, Nassau. His original work was chosen for 16 public areas of the hotel. The Wyndham Hotel also placed his images on two floors of the hotel and some have been commissioned for the new Bahamar Project. He also specializes in architectural, aerial and real estate photography and his work is displayed in many offices and businesses.
Mr. Carroll has been coming to Abaco on a steady basis since 1999 and decided five years ago that he would like to make it his permanent home so he and his wife relocated here from Nassau about one year ago.
He enjoys photographing the great scenic beauty of Abaco as well as travelling the rest of the Bahamas and the world to explore its beauty also. He remains committed to scenic, architectural and aerial photography as he knows that there are several photographers here who specialize in portraits and photography and he has no intention of ‘stepping on anyone’s toes’.
Mr. Carroll’s work can be viewed at various local art shows and on his website www.kpcarrollphotography.com He can be contacted at 367 3707 or 477 6200.