Wauchope girl Kate Richardson one day dreams of taking a lifelong love of nature and photography from hobby to career. Chrissy Jones chatted with her and had a look at some of her creative works.
How did you first get into photography?
I was inspired by my grandfather, who was a professional photographer. Grandfather’s stories and many experiences always fascinated me when I was growing up. I was given my first camera on my 10th birthday, and my interest in photography has continued as I grew older. Photography is my hobby and career of interest.
My love of nature helps me to create artwork that captures a scene that I saw, a sound that I heard, or an emotion that I experienced.
You obviously have a passion for photography – what gives you inspiration?
My inspiration comes from everything that surrounds me … from a pebble on the ground, to a cloud passing by in the sky. I aim to capture the broader picture in life, as I do not have a specific field of interest. Everything around me is a potential subject. I like to draw attention to the finer details of everyday, ordinary objects. This is done with the use of different techniques, including camera angles, lighting methods and different depths of field.
Have you completed any photography courses or formal training?
Being mostly self-taught, I have learnt a lot from making fundamental mistakes and also from taking some amazing shots, some by pure chance or just by being in the right spot at the right time. I have completed two courses at the local community college: they were Compact Digital Photography and DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) Photography, which I thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a lot from. As time goes by, I will most likely do more courses in coming years to help me to develop and enhance my photography skills.
What camera do you use at the moment and why?
The main camera that I use is a Nikon D7000 with a 18 – 105 Nikkor lens, which is mainly used for general purposes, and a 70 – 300 Nikkor lens, that I use for nature photography.
I also have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7, which is a simple point and shoot camera. As I become more experienced and technology advances, I will no doubt upgrade to more advanced photography equipment. What do you hope to do with your skills in the future?
As I have completed Certificate 3 in Childcare and am currently studying for a Diploma, I would like to link my skills. It would be fantastic to develop my love of nature, children and photography together, so I may become a professional children’s photographer.
I would also like to expand on the skills that I already have learnt and branch out into all fields of photography.
Do you have any favourite subjects?
My favourite photography subject would be nature, taking in landscapes, animals, and plants. Nature is a constant source of spontaneity, where things are never the same. Subjects in nature can look different or take on a different meaning … from varied angles or changing time of day, subjects can vary in appearance and appeal according to available light.
Living on a rural property on the outskirts of Wauchope gives me plenty of opportunity to photograph my favourite subject: nature and our natural surroundings. I often walk out my door and come across a subject that takes my interest, be it a bird perched high in a tree or a spider web glistening in the sunlight.
Do you have a photo that you have taken that means a lot to you?
All my photographs are special to me, as I put lots of my time into every shot. Because of this, each image comes to have its own meaning to me; I cherish them all.
How can we view some more of your work? Do you have a gallery or studio?
As I have only just started out, I haven’t a gallery set up, or a dedicated public space to view my works, but I do have a page dedicated to my artwork on Facebook. This can be found by searching for Kate Richardson Photography.
Like the page and you will receive my updates, which includes images that I capture on a day to day basis. I always have my camera close at hand to take that impromptu shot.
Do you wish to make a profession out of your photography?
I would love to make a profession out of my photography, whilst still treating it as a hobby. This way, I believe that I will get more enjoyment out of it, whilst earning an income, so it will be more of a lifestyle than just a job. Nothing could be better than doing something that you love whilst making a living. A dream come true!
Thanks Kate. I wish you all the best. pathway.
This article can be found in issue 88 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus