We’re delighted to feature Kat Cade, who took the Tesla 1 shot that is the cover of December of the 2019 revolog calendar.
Where are you from, how old are you?
I live in Cleveland, OH USA and am 28 years old, I grew up in Lawrence, KS USA.
Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself how your love for photography started out?
I tried a lot of different hobbies/sports/arts/etc before finding photography. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school with a huge darkroom and took photography classes all 4 years with Hadley Conner, an amazing artist, teacher, and friend. During this time some of the students incorporated digital photography into their portfolios, but my main focus was always and continues to be 35mm film, especially black and white film. I’m very process minded and I instantly took to the combination of science and creative vision in the darkroom.
Do you professionally work as a photographer?
I do not work professionally as a photographer, which is intentional. I do commission work and like to shoot local bands quite a bit, but my focus is on my fine art practice. Since I don’t shoot digitally (with a handful of exceptions), most commercial projects don’t find their way into my inbox 🙂
Why do you like to take analog pictures? Do you shoot digital as well?
Like I said I love the process and the combination of science and art, it’s very meditative going out and shooting film. It requires more patience and more time. Shooting film really makes you see the world in a different way, and it allows me to focus in a way that shooting with digital cameras does not. As such, my photographs are very personal. I have shot one digital project in the past ten years, so no I don’t really shoot digital.
Is there a certain background story behind the picture that is featured in December of our 2019 calendar? If so, would you like to share it with us?
The image in the calendar is one of many taken on a solo hike in the Ohio woods. Falls in northeast Ohio are very brief, so you have to go out and enjoy them while they last (before the long winter sets in).
Do you have a favorite subject to photograph? If so, why?
I love photographing nature! Being out in vast expanses of wilderness is such a special experience, you really get to tune in to what is happening all around you. I love trees and streams and leaves and the shadows cast at dusk. Being able to connect with nature is a really special thing and I think everybody could benefit from some time spent alone among the trees. I also find a lot of inspiration from the women I am lucky to call my friends, I consider all of them my muses and I like to shoot them regularly. I really love collaborating with other creative women, we always make something really special together.
What’s your favorite analog camera?
I shoot mostly with my Pentax K1000. I know it’s a ‘student camera’ but it takes amazing photographs and that’s really all that matters to me. I’m not a big equipment nerd, simplicity is the name of my game.
Do you have a favorite revolog film?
Do you have any future projects you’d like to talk about?
Next year I’m doing a 3 month residency with Burren College of Art in Ireland, and I can’t wait to get away and spend some time with myself and the land! I’ll be focusing on a series called Terrestrial Nebulous, unedited images of the land that look like starscapes and galaxies. I’m hoping to release a book at some point in the near future, it’s just a matter of finding funds to get it published.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Kat. Looking forward to see your new projects! You can follow Kat’s instagram @itsajinx