I'm a self-trained photographer and I use my photography to ask and answer questions. Most often, the beautiful answer to the questions I pose are people. People are the most fascinating subjects for me because each person's gaze, pose, and movement tells me something about their history, their personality, their hidden side, and their emotions.
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. Other times, I have an idea, and use models, props, and lighting to tell a story. I particularly enjoy capturing images from fairs, markets, parades and other events where adults dress-up and come out to play. Bared bodies are also an integral part of my work. By displaying them in unexpected ways or settings, I try to surprise and guide a viewer's gaze.
I'm equally 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. Also, I use images to illustrate the feelings that songs, which remind me of special times or places, evoke in me.
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 images collide and combine.
I don't shoot photos for love, money or fame. My main goal is introspection. That being said, in 2019, I was honored to be selected as a finalist in the Ed van der Elsken "Lust for Life" Photo Competition of the Nederlands Fotomuseum.
My photography is concept driven. To realize these concepts, I shoot many different subjects in a great variety of settings. Strangers play a key role in almost all my projects, and I'm continuously learning about photography from them.
I've come to see photography as a form of performance art. In the streets, I stand with a box pointed this way or that, and then I snap. The result is a visual memory of a moment acted out by strangers. In the studio, the model and I work through a script I've provided.
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Collaboration is always welcome. If you'd like to work together, my rules for working on a TFP basis are here.
Noh mask: Yasse-onna
Projecting Kate Ri