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Creatives: Carl Bennett
Carl Bennett is a photographer and time-lapse filmmaker. If you stand still long enough he will make a time-lapse film about you.
What are you listening to?
The last thing I listened to was 1970s Algerian Folk music. I was playing online pool against someone from Algeria the other day and I asked them to give me a tune that would get their parents dancing at a wedding. I guess that's just me.
What are you reading?
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. It's a great concept, a book written by a group of authors. I guess it falls in to Steampunk as a genre. Each tale has it's own dark consequences.
Who is your favourite author?
Magnus Mills. He's the king of the shaggy dog story, leaves you confused until the very last page. What more could you want?
Where's your favourite place to be?
I like being by the water at dawn. It's like meditation, waiting for the sun to come up. I can be there for hours and not even notice.
Who would you most like to meet?
Brian Greene, the string theorist. I really want to understand quantum mechanics and his book is the closest I've come to getting it. It leaves more questions than it answers. I'd like to have a cup of coffee and a chat that goes round and round with me still not understanding but liking all the fancy words.
What's your favourite food?
Holiday food. Food and wine always tastes better when you're on holiday. Not understanding the menu means you can be nicely surprised when it comes.
Which piece of kit could you not work without?
An empty memory card, a full battery and a flask of tea.
What is your favourite album cover?
I had one by Spacemen 3 that glowed in the dark, it doesn't get much better than that.
Which piece of artwork would you most like to see in the flesh?
I'm always very excited to spot a Banksy.
King Tubby. He knew how to rock a dub.
We are Küla: a collective of multi-disciplinary, independent creatives, working together to deliver amazing results.
Sometimes being a freelance can feel like you are living in a Smiths song. The self-doubt, the isolation, the shyness that is criminally vulgar and the occasional vicar in a tutu. This can stifle the joy of being creative and can teeter you on the edge of being a right miserable git. Küla was born out of shared packets of crisps, disgruntled moaning and, most of all, out of a yearning to be better. We wanted to be better at being the creative, unique, surprising, inspired individuals we fundamentally were. Our frustrations fed our imaginations and we got excited thinking of the kind of work we would love to be part of and the kind of gang we would want to do that work with.
We asked ourselves, what if we collected together freelancers who felt like us and everyone brought their own style and perspective to a brief? What if our creatives were carefully selected, assessing portfolios and working styles to determine how suited candidates are to the way we collaborate - no tyrants, no passengers. What if were all given opportunity to creatively lead a project depending on our suitability to the work? What if our aim was to deliver beautiful, effective results for our clients and both sides enjoyed the experience? What if we were honest, communicative, encouraging, enthusiastic, inspired, approachable and very proud of our work?
What if we called our collective Küla?