Kathleen .. pretty right? Too bad no one ever called me that! So I rolled into Kathy .. though my sister calls me Kat, my friends call me K, and my daughter calls me Mow. Whenever I leave her a note as to my whereabouts, I sign it Love, Chairman Mow .. which I think is hilarious. I am told that I am from a sperm and an egg co-mingling. I believe this is true.
How long have you been taking pictures?
My first love affair with photography as an art form happened in my early 20”s, but was put on a high shelf in lieu of traveling, so travel photos, to sharing a camera and breaking that shared camera, which gave way to entrepreneurial efforts to the baby years, so baby photos. There were many years exploring other art forms that would contribute to my photography today. Two decades of collaging unknowingly trained my eye for composition and photo editing, Two years of Plein air painting taught me to chase the light and appreciate the nature of it’s ever changing moods, and five years of oil painting taught me that white fixes everything!!
When did you get into photography and why?
About three years ago I had a great moment when I realized that pocket technology had collided with what I call the “Age of the Selfie”. Being an integral part of a community of 20 something’s, and true to their generation, they not only loved images of themselves, but had plenty of free time. Many of them were open to my creative ideas and shenanigan’s. After a couple of lovely captures, I had rediscovered the perfect blend of all the mediums I dabbled in, photography.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I would say that what I’m creating now has far more flair, style and is dramatic in mood and tone from the early stirrings of my 20’s. I’m not necessarily set in my style, though I see a pattern of what I like across all my images and I guess that is called my style. I am looking forward to exploring, discovering and evolving on top of, in lieu of, or who knows, in the opposite direction of my self created patterns.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I definitely pre-plan, as well have some back up idea’s in place. My approach starts with inspiration, I tend to begin with the garment, if I don’t have something, I will design and construct something. I like for there to be a special piece that sets the mood apart from just another beautiful woman being photographed. From there I spend quiet time visualizing the possibilities of the garment, the woman and the landscape. I really enjoy this part of the process and now with so many experiences behind me, it doesn’t even matter if the vision was captured and reflected back in the end. If we roamed around and found some beautiful moments, laughed along the way, then it was a great success.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
I love idea’s that lend to reflect a mood .. I love imagery that makes you pause. I love to see things I haven’t seen before, or a spin on something that takes a fresh or new approach to it. All of this is the goal and the process of achieving it. I call it photography.
Do you have an influences you can share?
Tons and tons!! I am whole heartedly influenced by all art mediums .. I have a deep appreciation for Plein air painters, effects artists, landscape photographer’s, sculptor’s, collagists .. and above all Nature. On Instagram; Durmoosh, Skalpa, Henrikaau, Ask the Dust, Rurixy, Waaber, Balllerina Project, Herb Ritts, Kerriefew.Balletomane, Iris Van Herpen, Andrew Chase Sculptor, Arts Gate and on and on!
What inspires you?
Almost anything can, but inspiration is not something I can produce like white blood cells. I’ve learned to appreciate it when it comes in whatever form it comes, even if is means to take a moment to crouch down and closely observe the delicate beauty in the wings of a dead dragon fly on the ground you are stepping over.
Mostly though, the weather and the quality of light is a huge catalyst for me, it could be a shadow over a desolate landscape, or how a branch sways in the wind. I’ve been inspired by late afternoon sun on the tips of tumbleweeds.. I’m inspired by texture, and fabric. It could be a portion of a discarded palm frond or a piece of silk, it makes no difference, the inspiration and appreciation are the same.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Hmm.. I don’t really see it like that .. for me a poor photograph is one that is average, not memorable, has no magic like quality, no mood. I guess it’s one that feels like it’s been done exactly that way many times before.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
This started as a creative outlet, and if I can find my way to continue to play and call it a career then yes.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Instagram and 500px.
Instagram is just where I started and have met some very kind people. It has this amazing quality where everyone using it seems to be readily available. You might leave a comment for a big time photographer, designer or artist, and find them responding a couple of minutes later. People seem very approachable.
500px I added to see what was beyond Instagram. Definitely different, but I decided that it would be too distracting from the whole to be sharing images across different platforms. I mean, my OCD would love that kind of busy work, but it would leave no time to actually work through new ideas.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
The ones that move my soul!
Andy Lee, Noel Bodle, Kristian Schuller, George Mayer, Pickled Thoughts, Avakovlevcom, Mario Gerth Photography, Thomas Holm Photo, Rafique Sayed, Karolina Kuras and so many more.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I have a Canon Rebel T5i, lens 18-135mm; we are still dating. I still use my trusty iphone as my go to.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
I don’t know that it is my dream location, but I can feel myself being pulled to the desert canyons with winter coming. More importantly is it seems doable, and I like things that are doable.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
There are so many .. but one moment that is etched in my memory is of Rachel. It was unexpectedly very windy on the later part of the day we were going out and in driving past this field where strawberries would be planted, the wind had whipped the plastic that had been slung over the fencing up in the air. It had to be 200ft along the fencing x 30 ft. The wind was so strong and volatile that the 30+ ft of plastic barely touched the ground the entire hour. It was absolutely crazy looking, unexpected and awesome. There was no one there but us, the clouds and the whipping, billowing plastic as a back drop. Rachael was spinning around and I captured one of my favourite photo’s, though of any shoot I’ve done, this shoot gave me several of my best shots. Two of them were chosen in this collection, you can’t miss the black dress and the plastic in the background.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Appreciating the situation*
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? I think it’s smart.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
Like anything, seems to me that balance is what creates better images.. from concept , equipment to execution and editing.