Australian photographer Kate Ballis was a former media and entertainment lawyer who decided all of a sudden to take pictures as her major job. She indeed defines herself as an aestheticist with a love for light and color and the beauty of darkness and shadows.
Her work has a strong fine art component, yet editorial and commercial with a focus on landscapes.
Instead of wearing a suit for work, Kate now experiments with patterns and textures found within the natural world, one of her preferred subjects, to create images that appear ethereal.
“I’m constantly planning the next destination to photograph and finding ways to capture that place’s story in a way that feels as unexplored as the location itself.”, she states on her website’s bio.
She has toured with an infrared camera – a new digital Sony device she converted into a full-spectrum camera – and with the use of colored filters, Ballis will produce images which show the chosen subject in a purple, pink and red tones. The result is a set of surreal images, to recreate a palette that is completely different to standard expectations.
It took her few days to reach the aesthetic she was looking for, days in which she experimented and played with filters and different techniques. She finally proudly ended up saying: “The colors I settled for the series allowed me to question reality and create ambiguity in everyday scenes.”