At Asapoth, we love photography - we feel that unlike any other medium, through photographs we can invite you into the heart of our world. I asked Katie Vandyck, an excellent photographer and friend to write a little about her inspiration...
I started out photographing faces at school when I was seventeen. It was somehow satisfying and I decorated my bedroom walls with black and white portraits of my friends.
Portrait photography suited me then. I am an introvert. I enjoy people but I enjoy them singly, or at remove.
Why does someone want to take photographs, as opposed to paint or draw or sculpt?
There is something about a photograph that is absolute. A scene frozen makes a scene many times more times dramatic than the life being lived in front of the camera actually is. The photographer has chosen to hold the moment at its most … most what? Interesting, dramatic, informative?
I think a photographer sometimes wants to freeze a moment at its most beautiful, and if truth is beauty, and beauty truth, the kind of beauty I mean is the essence of what is being played out in front of that photographer.
A dancer at the peak of a leap, friends so convulsed with laughter that their eyes are tight shut and their heads thrown back, a woman at a funeral, rigid with pain.
I don’t know whether it’s because I’m introverted or British, but I’m not really able to enjoy explosions of feeling. As a human being, however, I have a need to express difficult and profound emotions.
An actor I photographed said that he thought every act of creation was an act of resolution. I wish I could remember his name, I would so love to credit him for that piece of wisdom.
Every time I manage to take a photograph that records the best of what something is, the freshness of unfurling leaf, the connection between two people, the symmetry and balance of beautiful pottery, I experience some form of resolution.
As a shy, middle-class, Englishwoman I will probably never run into the storm screaming or walk the streets as a troubadour, singing along to my guitar (much as I would dearly love to), but I can try to describe those kinds of peak experiences with my camera. That is almost enough.
- Katie Vandyck
Contact Katie on 07941 940 259 and her website address is: http://www.100designs.co.uk