En­tre­pre­neur help­ing to build arts com­mu­nity in New Water­ford area

Cape Breton Post - - LIFESTYLES - BY PETER COR­BETT Peter Cor­bett is a jour­nal­ism stu­dent at Hol­land Col­lege on a work term at the Cape Bre­ton Post.

NEW WATER­FORD — The arts com­mu­nity in Cape Bre­ton is grow­ing ev­ery day, says one lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher.

Twenty-three year-old Corey Katz has been ac­tive in the lo­cal arts com­mu­nity for the last few years and plans on tak­ing it a step fur­ther by launch­ing his own photography com­pany in the near fu­ture.

He first took an in­ter­est in photography af­ter pick­ing up his fa­ther’s cam­era and play­ing around with it when he was young, said Katz. He’s had a pas­sion for it ever since. “I’ve al­ways wanted to do it.” He is self trained and has been in­volved with photography for the last four years, said Katz.

His work has been fea­tured in ex­hibits at venues all over Cape Bre­ton, in­clud­ing the Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for Craft and De­sign and Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity.

He helped co-found the Coastal Arts Ini­tia­tive, a group who’s mis­sion is to help high­light the works of young emerg­ing artists in New Water­ford and sur­round­ing ar­eas, which he said is very im­por­tant to him.

He orig­i­nally moved to Cape Bre­ton from Toronto when he was younger. Be­cause he comes from a mixed-race fam­ily, he said at first it was a lit­tle tough leav­ing one of the most cul­tur­ally di­verse cities in the world. But, he said he en­joys liv­ing in Cape Bre­ton and feels at­ti­tudes here are headed in the right di­rec­tion.

He also has an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Cape Bre­ton’s land­scape.

Be­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher on Cape Bre­ton Is­land is a great ex­pe­ri­ence, said Katz.

“ The scenery around here is ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent.”

His plan for the im­me­di­ate fu­ture is the launch­ing of his com­pany Corey Katz Photography which will spe­cial­ize in por­traits and wed­dings, said Katz. He said his long term goals are to make the busi­ness a suc­cess and to con­tinue help­ing oth­ers in the arts com­mu­nity.

“Hope­fully do­ing art projects with youth.”

He can tell the arts com­mu­nity in Cape Bre­ton is grow­ing by the in­creas­ing turnout at Coastal Arts Ini­tia­tive ex­hibits, said Katz.

“At each exhibit we get more and more kids want­ing to sub­mit their stuff.”

Any­one want­ing to take a look at Katz’s photography can do so a t www.coreykatzpho­tog­ra­phy.com

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