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I use photography to visualize and to convey stories, both my own and of those who are in front of the camera. The starting point for these are questions that I pose and then respond to visually.
I use portraiture to show something special, to create new ways of seeing someone, to challenge norms, and to evoke emotions. People are the most fascinating subjects for me because each person has so many different aspects to look at. Each person's gaze, pose, and movement tells us something about their history, personality, feelings, emotions, and their hidden side. Photographing people is also a way to preserve memory and to demonstrate just how much intrinsic beauty there is in the world.
My photo series are equal parts pre-visualization and inspiration. Sometimes I come across a group of people whose story literally jumps out of what they are doing at that moment in time. Other times, I work out an idea with models whose expression, props, poses and lighting combine to tell a story.
I'm inspired by music and other forms of art, and use my photography to tell the visual stories of jazz musicians, body painters, tattoo artists, and many others who are engaged in their own creative processes. Using staged photo series, I also create photographic satire to comment on social issues.
Projection photography is another special interest. I shoot portraits of subjects wrapped in images projected onto them in a darkened room. The result is an imagined reality where the subject and the projected photos collide and combine---often in unexpected ways.
Born in Baltimore in 1958, I've traveled around the world for many years. Now I live in the Netherlands. Being from someplace else is a starting point for my photography because I'm intrigued by and am always questioning the sense of place in what I see.
Over the years, I've entered a few photo contests. I had the honor of being selected as a finalist in the Ed van der Elsken Lust for Life photo competition of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in 2019.
In addition to the photos, a set of downloadable children's bedtime stories are also posted on this site. These were created in the 1990s, when our children were very small, and were then transformed into proper illustrated stories for our granddaughter in 2020.
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of the photos are also available to viewing at my Flickr and Instagram sites which can be reached via:
Noh mask: Yasse-onna
Projecting Kate Ri