We had the pleasure to interview Melbourne-based photographer Kate Ballis, we got to know a bit about her and learnt about her work and her upcoming solo exhibition.
MM: When did your passion for photography start?
KB: My passion for photography began on my first solo trip overseas in 2009. I had just finished university (studying arts and law) and travelled through Europe for a few months. I took thousands and thousands of photos on that trip, which I'm sure were all awful! But it ignited my passion for light, landscape and capturing the emotion of a place. From there soon after I met my partner Tom Blachford who was already a photographer and he taught me everything he knew. We would devour photography books and travel together photographing magical destinations. I knew it was the way I had to express myself!
MM: What's your favourite thing to photograph and why?
KB: I love photographing landscapes that feel like they are not of this world. Mountains, deserts, glaciers are so majestic and make us realise how powerful Mother Earth is and how much we should cherish her.
MM: Where do you get your inspiration from?
KB: I try to live in a way that I am constantly inspired! I get my inspiration from novels, art books, documentaries, art-house movies, galleries and museums. I also love the phrase that recreation is required for re-creation. So time off with friends, travelling, drawing, taking long baths and meditating often ends up in lots of ideas!
MM: How important is social media for your business?
KB: Instagram is important for my business as it's a way of showing my folio, getting inspiration and networking. However it's a bit addictive, and I find myself scrolling when I could be reading! Oops!
MM: Where do you get the best coffee in Melbourne? And where do you get the best meal?
KB: I don't actually drink coffee! But I sometimes indulge in an affogato for dessert or espresso martini ;)
My favourite meal in Melbourne is the broccoli and truffle gluten free pizza at Pizza d'Apsorto in Yarraville, best gluten free pizza I've found and lovely to sit outside in the village :)
MM: What are your plans for the future?
KB: Tom and I are off to South America for two months and I want to continue my Infra Realism series through northern Chile and Bolivia. And we are planning to go to the Venice Biennale later this year for a good dose of inspiration!