Where do you live?
At the moment, in Niwot, Colorado, a small country town near Boulder. Before moving to Colorado, I lived in South Africa for twelve years, England for three years and Miami for twenty years.
What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
In 1982, I quit my job to dedicate all of my time to photography. I had already been showing in galleries for a few years and decided to start a commercial business in photography as well. I photographed for architects, landscape architects, magazine and book publishers and interior designers. I used Canon equipment and then a Mamiya RZ67 medium format which I loved. I also played with a 4×5 and a Nikonos.
Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
I was relieved to get away from Photoshop so it was very freeing! I realized the creative potential very quickly and couldn’t get enough of looking at other artist’s work and trying new apps. I’m nostalgic about actually working in a darkroom and miss that but really, the creativity one is open to on the iPhone is phenomenal.
Were you active on Flickr as iPhone usage exploded? Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
I wasn’t active on Flickr originally, only FB, which is where I tracked down other iPhoneographers. The photographers who caught my eye were Josef Tornick, who I knew and learned from regarding my first app, then of course, Karen Divine, Meri Walker, Jane Schultz, Gianluca Ricoveri, Lorenka Campos, Armineh Hovanesian, Lee Atwell, Barbara Coleman DuBois, Clarisse Debout, Robin Robertis, Dilshad Corleone, Bobobo Stone, Bobbi McMurry, and the entire Hipstamatic community.
What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
Painters I love are Van Gogh, all the Impressionists and Surrealists, O’Keefe, Kahlo, and a new favorite, Jordan Casteel, whose work I saw recently at the Denver Art Museum. Also, I love the work of Andy Goldsworthy and James Turrell.
Photographers who’ve influenced me are Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin , Francesca Woodman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michaels, Eliot Porter, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsmann, Obie Oberholzer and a not well known photographer, David Sose.
With music, I’m all over the board. I love classical and blues, the old rock and roll and jazz, chant music such as Deva Premal…. any good music.
Literature, I enjoy the great Nature writers like David Abram, poets Walt Whitman and Mary Oliver, tons of spiritual writers and the classical spiritual books such as I Am That, the writings and poetry of Hafiz, the work of Terry Tempest Williams and Elizabeth Kolbert and one of my all time favorite books, The Mysticism of Sound and Music by Hazrat Inayat Khan. This list could go on and on…..
What are your go-to apps?
Snapseed, iColorama, Hipstamatic, Stackables and Distressed FX.
If you had to choose three creatures, real or imaginary, to be your personal totem pole, what would they be?
During a shamanic journey, I discovered the leopard is my spirit animal. I had an encounter with a black Bear here in Colorado and a flock of swans flew over my house in England the day before my daughter was born.
How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Cats or dogs?
Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect?
Yes, the love and support of our wonderful community of artists.
Do you have a mantra for daytime? For nighttime? For anytime?
Did I forget to ask a question you would like to answer? Please ask it and then answer!
What was your first camera?
A Meteor, 120mm roll film camera that my father gave me when I was twelve years old.
A last word perhaps?
Keep on apping! Push your limits!
Thank you, Kate.
Below is a small sampling of Kate’s striking work. I have posted four galleries of almost 90 pictures of her work in the month of May, 2017.
Kate didn’t include this image with her gallery submissions, but I wanted to include it. I can’t find the original, but as you can see, it made for a stunning album cover the re-release of my album, the seasons. I can’t tell you how many compliments I have gotten on it.