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Katherine Nielsen

Please introduce yourself in 20 words or less –

I am originally from New Zealand, now living in Western Australia. I have always been a creative person but I have only recently embarked on this photography journey and I look forward to seeing where it takes me.

Was photography your first career choice?
Photography for me right now is a passion project, my career is as a Perioperative Nurse. I hope to inspire people to get involved in photography. There is always a good time to step outside your comfort zone and learn something new.

What is the favourite part of your work?
Photography really gives you a new appreciation for the world we live in. It inspires me to travel and experience life differently. The best aspect has definitely been the people I have had the privilege of meeting along the way. As someone who can be incredibly shy this has pushed me way outside my comfort zone on so many levels.

Over the last few years, what type of photography & writing have you been focusing on?

This has been a gradual progression over the last six months. Being new to photography meant I was constantly seeking answers to questions. I decided to start a blog based on photographers and creatives who have inspired my journey or whose story resonated with me. I have always enjoyed writing but after spending several years at university writing academically it can remove the spark from the writing process. This blog has been a fun outlet and a learning opportunity.

Are there any projects you are working on at the moment?
I just got myself a water housing. I am in awe of big wave photographers, being in the ocean is my happy place and I look forward to seeing what I can create. I have a three-week trip planned in September to New Zealand it will be the first time I actually photograph my own country. At this stage I am doing everything I can to hone my skills and improve my photography.

What type of gear are you using at the moment and what is the one piece of equipment you wished you had?

 I just upgraded to the Canon 5d Mark iv from the mark ii. I use a Mavic pro for my drone work. What I wish I had was more knowledge and experience that is something money cannot buy. This set-up is a bit much for an amateur photographer, however it made more sense to upgrade because of the water housing. I always dream big and see where it takes me. I literally have everything I need. Having the best gear certainly doesn’t make you a better photographer. You can start with anything.

What excites you about writing and photography?
For me learning about other people’s backstories is fascinating. Creative people inspire me. Moving to WA shifted me away from that as I focused on other things. It is really nice to get involved with like-minded individuals again. This is something that has been missing in my life for some time and I am excited to see the journey unfold.

What are your sources of inspiration?
I have many photographers who inspire me there are actually too many to name, but a few would include Russell Ord, Warren Keelan, Brandon Verdura, Elizabeth Gadd, Deb Clark, Sera Wight and Ernie Black.

Additionally, Helen and Bobby Bense (gypsylovinlight) who are the reason I picked up a camera to begin with, Hannah Prewitt, Mitch from MPG Photography, Dominey Flores and Josh Burkinshaw. These people have supported and encouraged me. Offered feedback on my work and allowed me to grow without judgement. I am so grateful to have meet so many giving and kind people on this journey. The photography community just blows my mind with their generosity and passion.

What is the worst piece of advice you have heard given to a someone that wants to make a career out of photography?

To work for free. I have heard so many horror stories of people being taken advantage of. Their work not being credited and just the general obstacles constantly being placed in front of photographers these days. This gives me so much appreciation for their continued drive and passion.

If there was one destination you could travel to and photograph where would it be?

Hawaii, the landscapes and the culture just fascinates me

Where can we follow your work?