Even though he’s only been in Colorado for a few months, Karim has already begun to adopt the Boulder lifestyle by summiting Bear Peak when it was still covered in snow and ice. There’s nothing like jumping in with both feet, right? After spending some time with him, I would say that phrase describes Karim well— he’s the kind of guy that doesn’t do things halfway.
Karim was born in Morocco, but spent his childhood in Davis, California and Nice, France, before ultimately settling in San Francisco. He was only seven or eight when he was diagnosed with type I diabetes. This life-changing diagnosis forced him to adopt an understanding of what happens when the body isn’t functioning properly. In fact, Karim credits his diagnosis with sparking his interest in physiology, saying, “Even from an early age I’ve always had a keen interest in metabolism, and dose and response—with diabetes, if you take too much insulin, you exercise too much or not enough, you see exactly what the effect of that is.”
While he was working and traveling the world, Karim was able to develop another passion of his: photography. He is a talented photographer with a gallery of stunning pictures inspired by mid-20th century artists like Vivian Maier and Gordon Parks. Karim finds himself drawn to their photos, which depict black-and-white street scenes and portraits from a simpler time. In fact, he sometimes thinks he should’ve been born in an earlier era—he prefers Motown to new music and takes a lot of his own photographs in black and white.
For now, he’s on the quest for funding—and for the perfect 1980’s dance club. As he says, “I cut my teeth on an 80’s dance floor,” and it will always hold a special place in his heart. So, if you know of a happening 80’s night somewhere in the area, be sure to let him know!