We had the good fortune of connecting with Carlisle Kellam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carlisle, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
That’s an interesting question. I think, assuming my business does help the community or the world (and I hope it does,) there are a number of ways to answer the question but, for the sake of brevity, I’ll stick to two. First, people need stories. Second, we are edified by seeing old things presented in a new way. With respect to the former, we humans are social animals, we find it interesting (or, rather, necessary) to hear about each others experiences. A good story offers us a moment of catharsis – the ability to release and grow by connecting our own experiences, literally or by analogy, to the story we’re being told. And with respect to the latter, I think seeing something old presented in a new way breaks us out of ourselves and shows us new truths we may have previously overlooked. Seeing something from a different angle really helps us to put life in perspective and more deeply understand that experience is composed of a multitude of layers that, when stuck inside ourselves, often go hidden from view.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer and a filmmaker who’s moving gradually more toward the latter. The road has not been easy for reasons that live up to all of the artist’s life cliches. Competition is fierce, and most people do not consider art a necessity. It can be tough to make a living. I think the way to get through it is to a) have a second job and b) really like what you’re doing and have purpose for doing it. As for me, I just completed a feature documentary “Comfort Farms” about a former army Ranger who accompanied by an unlikely group of veterans, animal-loving butchers, farmers and chefs, launches a new mission at Comfort Farms-a unique therapy farm meant to help those at high risk for suicide.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them to the planetarium at fernbank, the zoo or the botanical gardens. And then to some place that serves fancy bourbons and good things to eat. After that maybe we’d go to Krispy Kreme for glazed doughnuts.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shout out to Flannery O’Connor, the late and great writer of southern gothic fiction.