Kate Hook and her analogue and surreal portraits

Kate Hook and her analogue and surreal portraits

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Photography

Cinematic and surreal. Almost futuristic. Kate Hook‘s shots have this effect, taking the viewer to places far away, not geographically, but in time and space. The photographer, based in the south of the UK, takes us on a mental journey through time and space. 

Kate Hook studied Art Direction at the University of Arts London, Filmmaking at Staffordshire Uni and is now a photographer specialising in analogue photography. Moving away from many of her colleagues who rely mainly on post production and Photoshop, Kate does everything on camera and looking at the results we can’t help but be speechless. 

We asked her a few questions and Kate Hook told us how she started shooting and more about her technique. Read our interview below and follow her on Instagram and on her website

Tell us how you started taking photographs. Is there a particular moment you remember?

There isn’t a particular moment that comes to mind, it was more like a organic sequence of developing an interest in taking photographs which started with the Canon AV-1 my dad gave me when I was a teenager, as well playing with the other digital cameras in the house. When I was about 14/15 I got really into it and at about 16 it became quite apparent I had a knack for taking pictures. One thing I remember when I was getting more into it was someone saying me that I was taking pictures “wrong”, which granted at that age I had little idea on what I was doing as at that stage I had no formal teaching or anyone showing me properly how to operate a camera. So I started to read books on cameras and photography as I wanted to learn how to shoot correctly and then do it “wrong” on purpose.

Describe your photographic style. How did you arrive at this point?

Magical and vivid. Not light or dark, instead it’s bright and dream like. I’ve spent years playing around with various different methods and techniques. When I was younger I was very drawn to surrealism so I feel that has had an impact on me creatively. I’ve always believed that magic is real and there’s so much more to reality than what we’re taught, so I try to show that in my work. Reality is what you make of it afterall. 

For you, which is the most important thing to consider when taking portraits?

The mood and the message… If there is one, sort of depends on the photo really. There’s typically quite a few elements going on depending on what the set of portraits are about. For the model, it’s how they’re presented, from their expression’s to what they’re wearing. Then there’s other elements such as lighting and equipment. As well as themes and symbolism. All of it is like mathematical equation with various different factors that go into the final images.

What equipment do you use for shooting? Which cameras and accessories do you take with you when shooting and why?

I shoot entirely on film and I’ve started using more filters in my work. The main cameras I use are Nikon F100, Fm2, and F3. Recently I’ve gotten a Pentax 645N which I’m excited to work more with. Every now and again I may “film soup” a roll of 35mm, which is a process where you submerge the film in a liquid, which distorts the chemical balance of the film and causes some interesting effects. Absolutely none of my work is photoshopped, everything is done in-camera pretty much. I only ever do a bit of minor tweaking before uploading but that’s it. We spend a lot of time staring at screens so for me personally I think it’s important on a artistic standpoint to take and create imagery without the reliance of a computer and editing software. Plus shooting on film makes it that bit more real. 

Are there any artists you follow or are inspired by?

Pete Turner and Benoit Debbie have been the biggest influences for me through out the years. Turner was essentially the god father of colour film photography and Debbie is a master of colour for cinematography. 

Continue the sentence: For me, photography is…

Truth. It’s all there for a reason. The human eye can’t and maybe doesn’t want to see everything. Photography can tell us how striking yet how beautiful the world truly is.

Kate Hook | Collater.al
Kate Hook | Collater.al

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IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

There are images that, more than others, manage to tell what is happening in the world. Some have become emblematic, are included in school books and are part of the cultural heritage of each of us. These are the shots taken by photojournalists, reporters who, thanks to a passion comparable to a vocation, have for years been bearing witness to wars, political and social changes, inequalities and the violation of human rights. It is by looking at their work that we fully understand the power of photography, which goes where no other medium can go, touching us to the core. 

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IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
WHEN:
4 – 27 JUN
WHERE:
PADUA

To underline the importance of photojournalists, especially at a time when communication passes especially through images, the first edition of IMP, the International Festival of Photojournalism, was held in Padua in 2019. In the wake of its success, the Culture Department of the City of Padua and the University of Padua have been working on the second edition of the event, which opened last week and will remain open to the public until Sunday 27 June. 

“The idea behind the IMP Festival is the conviction that photojournalism today is the quickest access to stories and international debates capable of connecting the four corners of the world, a way of making everyone aware of their fundamental role even in the most controversial and geographically distant issues.” – RICCARDO BONONI, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of IMP

The works of 30 international authors will be exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums and, in order to learn more about their work, the festival programme also includes a series of workshops, readings and meetings with guests such as journalist Domenico Quirico, who survived a five-month kidnapping in Syria. 

One of the main exhibitions will be the MAGNUM Photos exhibition, featuring the work of some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, from Miguel Candela, who shot the latest protests in Hong Kong, to the famous Italian photographer Tony Gentile, author of the portrait of Falcone and Borsellino. 

The IMP also gives space to young talent by presenting an exhibition of some of the year’s best work. 

International Festival of Photojournalism
© Tony Gentile

“We are proud to reaffirm, also in 2021, Padua as the international capital of auteur photojournalism, through a festival that already in its first editions has become an essential reference point for professionals and enthusiasts.” – ANDREA COLASIO, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Padua

See below some shots of the photojournalists on show and visit the IMP website for all the details. 

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© Tony Gentile
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© Annalisa Natali Murri/CAPTA
International Festival of Photojournalism
©Laura Liverani/Prospekt Photographers
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© KRZYSZTOF MILLER
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©Lorenso Meloni/MAGNUM Photos
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©Giulio Piscitelli/Emergency
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© Nadia Shira Cohen
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©Fulvio Bugani
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©Valentina Piccinni/Jean-Marc Caimi
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© Raffaele Petralla/Prospekt Photographers
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© Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @martinabarbon, @noemiduso, @missun.flower, @yehorova.photo, @jacopo_cerchi, @alanys.salas, @_my_perfect_little_world, @babaja_ga_, @_simonepiras_, @_barbarac__.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Kamonwan Norralak and her photographic experiments

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

The first thing that impressed us about Kamonwan Norralak was her age. The Thai photographer is only 19 years old, yet she has already defined her style and is always trying something new.

As is often the case, Kamonwan Norralak started taking pictures at the age of 15 almost by accident, taking pictures with her mobile phone or photographing her favourite band at a concert. But the more time passed, the more her passion grew, so much so that she forgot her dream of becoming a designer or architect.

Her work, her approach and her subjects have changed a lot over the years, and three projects that she herself talked about are proof of this. The first, which she took two years ago, is the most conceptual and focuses on food. In what could be an exercise in style, Kamonwan has rethought food, imagining certain foods out of their ordinary guise and creating surreal images.

With the second project, “Friends”, Kamonwan focused her lens on one of her friends, proving that you don’t have to be a model to be the star of a photo shoot that gets right to the viewer.

The last one, entitled “Reverse”, is the project the photographer presented for her graduation. In these shots in which the focus is all on the subject and the black backdrop that seems to swallow him up, Kamonwan wants to tell us that in her opinion what we show to others is nothing more than a reflection of who we really are.

If you are curious about Kamonwan Norralak’s upcoming photographic projects, follow her on Instagram and check out a selection of her shots below.

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Kamonwan Norralak
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Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Tamara Lichtenstein and her analog and female photography

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

They could be frames from a film or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein‘s analog shots enclose a timeless beauty that never tires. 

Originally from Bolivia, Tamara lives in Hudston, Texas, and started taking pictures when she was still a little girl, when her mother gave her a camera and decided to put all her creativity into the shots she took. 

Today Tamara Lichtenstein’s name is internationally recognized and, in addition to collaborating with different brands and clients, she has realized several personal projects that have literally captured our attention and our hearts.

At the center of Tamara’s artistic research we can surely find the female universe and its facets: leafing through her shots we meet faces and bodies without filters, wrapped in their natural beauty. 

The grain and style of analog photography combined with the perfect use of light and the effects of double exposure, a recurring technique in Tamara’s shots, give the photographs a cinematographic style that is impossible to forget. 

Below you can find a selection of the shots, but to find out more visit Tamara Lichtenstein’s website and Instagram profile.  

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