Kate Ballis is a former media and entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of taking pictures. Getting the opportunity to work under Miles Aldridge in London was the push she needed to make the leap of faith. Her work straddles, fine art, editorial and commercial photography with a focus on portraiture, lifestyle and travel.
She is an aestheticist. She loves playing with light, complexity and finding beauty in the darkness and shadows. She likes the notion of making the unseen, seen. She often experiments with patterns and textures found within the natural world, combining scale and context to create images that, while being wholly grounded in reality, feel other-worldly.
She loves working with people and quickly builds a rapport with her subject, enabling her to provide a glimpse into their soul.
She processes and retouches her own images, as she sees this as part of her expression.
Kate is based in Melbourne, but says that adventure is the best part of her job. She is constantly planning the next destination to photograph, and loves finding ways to capture a place’s hidden story.