EWW: Kathleen, I am curious to know, if someone were asked to make a comment about your work as a whole, what do you think they would say?
Kathleen: I have been told, that I manage to capture personalities in portraits, or the sound of music in my concert photography. That my fantasy photos are making them stop and look for more then a few seconds, quite a compliment in itself.
EWW: What would be your comments about your work, as a whole?
Kathleen: I’m not a technical photographer, far from it. I first picked a camera up for the first time about four years ago, and shot everything in auto! Gradually I became more confident with using the camera manual settings, I think because I had an artistic eye. It helped a lot with my understanding of making a picture . . . yes I break the rules and it works. I have often been asked how I do this, my answer would have to be, if you do not know the rules, you couldn’t break them!
I started editing my photos, badly I may add, but you only learn through trial and error, so because I enjoy creating one image from maybe about 10 and visa versa, I learned. It may take hours of work, and sometimes if I am not happy, I will just delete it and start again.
The fantasy work was something I always wanted to do, I admire all those Victorian artists who created romantic innocent paintings, but sometimes the lack of confidence stops you from showing the world, so I kept it to myself. I was lucky though as a friend of mine encouraged me to carry on. I owe him a lot.
I am my worst critic. I am never happy with anything I produce, but maybe that is a good thing in a way, if we are totally satisfied, we tend to get lazy!
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there any themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as inclusion of specific elements, colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Kathleen: I think probably my use of shadows and light, and textures. I like to include intricate details, however small, and mostly come from my love of everything gothic.
EWW: Your work is in both black and white and color. In your creative process, how do you decide whether the final presentation of an image will be color or black and white?
Kathleen: My workflow in processing black and white is always from a full colour image. It depends on what I’m working with at the time and if the colours compliment the style or subject, I will leave it. I find clients often prefer the colour version. My own personal preference is for monochrome conversion. I find that often colour can be emphasizing a single part of the image too much, but in black and white the detail of the overall image is more prominent. So, that being said, I will always keep both colour and monochrome.
EWW: Kathleen, I would be interested in knowing from you, what you see as the major challenges today for photographers in terms of marketing and promotion?
Kathleen: There are many challenges for a photographer these days, nearly everyone owns a mobile phone, they produce some good pictures, even have apps for editing, and like for many things, people want things to be instant .I am not saying quality does not count, because it does for some, but for most we live in a throw away society. So personally I believe you have to find something that will make you stand out in a crowd, Also a lot of people want to escape the reality of life, even for a few seconds, so I think the more artistic side of photography is growing.
EWW: How do you manage these challenges?
Kathleen: If you worry about the financial side of things, for example if your work will sell, you probably would spend more time trying to market yourself then actually producing work. So for myself, I am happy just doing what I love. If I sell a image its a bonus!
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do, which social media platform seems to work the best for you?
Kathleen: No, I just enjoy my photography and display my images on common social networks such as facebook, pixoto, youpic, deviantart.
EWW: Kathleen, just to wrap up the interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Kathleen: I am not sure if its because I am a peoples person, or that I am a great people watcher, but I spend time having a coffee and watching peoples actions, gestures, and body language. That maybe helps in my street photography, and my portraits. Any one, what ever age, who comes to me for photos will always talk with me first. The first few images are like the passport pictures, but if you get them relaxed, then that is when the picture comes to life because everything is real in your lens, not posed. I will carry on with what I want to do, and hopefully get better, once it becomes a task and not for enjoyment I will hang the camera up. If you think about it, when you start photography, it alerts the mind more to colours the images become brighter, textures stronger, shapes take form, and you really notice the world. If where you go and you see a picture and it looks good in your minds view, shoot it. Never mind if a few rules are broken, just enjoy your camera.