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On this site, I host a number of photographic conversations. The starting point for these are questions that I pose, and then attempt to answer visually.
For many years, I worked in economic development. I would travel the world asking people about their hopes, aspirations and the problems that they faced. From this, I would weave together a narrative that would help me understand what we needed to do and why.
It's a similar process with the photographs I take. Questions, not about economic development, but often about more abstract matters, come to me and I try to respond to these in a series of images. If a single picture is worth a thousand words, then many of these photographic conversations are "long-winded" indeed.
In most cases, the beautiful answer to the questions I pose is a person. 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.
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 have an idea, and use models, props, poses and lighting to tell a small story.
I'm also very much 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.
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---often in random and wonderful ways.
On each web page, I provide a description of a series, sample photos and a link for downloading a digital photo-book of the complete series. Book layouts, for me, are a link between photography and film in visual storytelling.
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.
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. I can be reached at email@example.com or via the comments section below. If you are interested in having me take your portrait, please read my rules for working on a TFP basis here.
Other photos are available for viewing at my Flickr and Instagram sites. These can be reached via:
Noh mask: Yasse-onna
Projecting Kate Ri