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He sees the world different than a lot of us

Artist displaying photos at Walworth Library

August 25, 2010 | 08:56 AM
Walworth — Armed with a wide-angle lens, a tripod and a vision, Bill Karduk made his way through Venetian Fest Friday evening searching for appealing images.

Nine months ago, Karduk began photographing Geneva Lake after the sun went down. He searched for scenes that captured the area in intriguing ways, but were simple in themselves.

"It's all kinds of stuff of no great importance," he said describing what he photographs. He looked for scenes he found interesting, and of course, had lighting suitable for his camera.

Months of work will come to fruition Sept. 4 at the Walworth Memorial Library, when Karduk displays more than 250 photos he shot since November 2009. The gallery will run until Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m each day.

Admission is free. His show "A Pageant of Night Photography," will only feature images he captured after 9 p.m.

The 76-year-old is a slender man with a long gray ponytail. He is eccentric and has a slightly self-deprecating sense of humor.

"I only have a few years left to do a great piece," he joked.

As Karduk described his photos, he told stories of his past, relying on hand gestures to get his point across.

During his show, Karduk promises to have his unique sense of humor on display to accompany his art.

"This is an ego trip, this is my showmanship," he said.

Walworth Librarian Bobbi Sorrentino said Karduck is "colorful although his pictures are in black and white."

"He's very talented. He sees the world totally different than a lot of us," Sorrentino said.

Sorrentino even has purchased some of Karduck's pictures.

Karduk's project began last Halloween after he photographed a home that was decorated for the holiday. Then he wandered over to the Riveria and snapped a picture of the Lady of the Lake.

The image of the Lady of Lake fascinated Karduk, who prior to that had only dabbled in night photography. Shortly thereafter, he began his night photography experiment.

Karduk enjoys taking pictures of everyday life and unsuspecting people who walk in front of his lens.

"You can see expressions on faces of people who don't know they have been photographed," Karduk said.

A highlight for Karduk was finding four different couples kissing on piers in Fontana.

Why photography?

Thirteen years ago, Karduk retired from teaching science at elementary, middle and high schools.

Throughout his life, Karduk said he has had "episodes of photography," where he experimented with photos at different points in his life.

The episodes of photography began when his father bought him a camera as a child. He took pictures as a teenager and later

Photography isn't the only art medium Karduk has used. For years, he built trout nets that were sold to fisherman.

"They were works of art, but they also were used," he said.

The nets were made from wood that was heated, soaked, dried and manipulated into a usable tool.

Karduk also refuses to transition his photography from film to a digital format.

"I have too much invested," Karduk said. "I don't have a computer, they are dangerous."

With a digital camera, Karduk said he would have to enter school and study Photoshop and other new technology.

"Film is phasing out, but it's around and will be around for many years to come," he said.

Karduk also said photography is a complicated art with many intricacies that he is still mastering.

"I'm still learning this stuff," he said.

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