Feature Photographer

Is founder of Elemental Images Photography. The photograph of "Dark Hunt" (cover page), among others, was on exhibit at an art fair. Out of thirty plus photographers at the show, Katie's work was the only one that especially impressed Tryst's editor. Katie was invited to submit her work. Tryst is her first feature and online publication.

Recently she has acquired some new photographic toys, and has been exploring macro and night photography. Her website will soon be live and you may contact Katie for more information regarding her work at: Worldswalker.com or at her email: katie@worldswalker.com


Artist's Statement

I have been pursuing the art of photography since my 15th birthday, when my parents gave me a Nikon FM camera. I still have the results of the first roll: the texture of the water in our backyard swimming pool, the shape of branches, the inside of our refrigerator, and lots of cats. The Nikon
inspired me to explore the shape of the image in the frame as earlier cameras (a Kodak Instamatic, a Brownie) did not, and I grew fascinated with texture, shape, and color.

Today, over 25 years later, I am still fascinated. Getting close, so close there is nothing but the image, allows me to focus on a single element: the criss-cross texture of a palm tree, the repeating pattern of rafters against the sky on a roof under construction. Further away, there is energy: even a
statue has direction of movement if viewed from the right angle.

In my travels, I search for images that have a story ready to grow inside the frame. Bicycling around the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, I tried to capture the way the green comes back to reclaim what humans built. Sod and stone cottages littered the countryside; grandma’s house stands in the
grazing lands of each farm, blurring the border between civilization and nature. A stone stairway in Spain reaches from the past, where centuries of footsteps have worn away the steps into hollow curves, to the future, shining and unknown.

My current obsession is night photography. Without the intrusion of the flash, the image illuminated by whatever is around: streetlights, vehicle lights, porch lights, I am able to capture a mood that is both subtle and starker than one finds in the light of day. The longer exposures allow me
to play with movement and stillness, whether it be the movement of light itself, or the movement of single objects in an otherwise still image. Sometimes I bring only my camera, sans tripod. Placing the camera on the ground or in tree branches gives me shapes in the foreground that I never
would have planned. I look for natural camera resting places, to see what will frame the image.

While I still love and use that first Nikon, a new digital camera has allowed me the freedom to experiment even more than before. The immediate access to the image, letting me know if I captured the essence of what I see, gives me the freedom to explore the unusual in the everyday.

Copyright © 2004 Katie Clapham