A month ago today, we moved house. There are aspects of our new house that I love, like the light, and aspects that are totally stressing me out. Regardless, I’ve been shooting quite a lot around the house. I’ve been meaning to share some work here, but I kept waiting for some kind of cohesiveness to emerge. I’m not sure if it has or not, but no more delaying.


chicken and giraffe



washing grapes2


I’ve also explored some self portraiture:

moving, shaking

This is my interpretation of “Moving, Shaking” by the Great Lake Swimmers.

And finally, I’ve begun to explore the world of slideshows. Click on the image to see my first attempt.

The song is “Upon Encountering The Crippled Elephant” by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.


My website is fixed! You should be able to see all the pictures in the galleries… please email me if you have any trouble at kate (at) peripheralvision (dot) ca.

20% off frames

Imagekind has a great new promotion until September 23, 2008: 20 percent off all custom frames. It also just so happens that all my images get free ground shipping in the US until the end of September, so now is a GREAT time for Americans to buy my stuff. Sadly, since my galleries still aren’t working here, you’ll have to browse my images over at my Imagekind gallery.

To take advantage, type promo code FALL2008 in the promotion box at checkout. This from Imagekind: “Promotion expires September 23, 2008 at 10pm PDT and cannot be combined with any other promotion code. Limit one order per person. Promotion code must be used at time of checkout to apply. Your order must be placed during the promotional period to qualify for this special pricing offer. Discount promo applies to custom frames only.”

technical difficulties

Ugh. I just discovered that none of my galleries are working here. I have no idea how long it’s been a problem… The tech whiz in the house thinks it’s a problem with the server, so we’ll try to get it cleared up as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can see all the same pictures over at Imagekind. Sorry for any inconvenience!

dealing with guilt

One of the things I struggle most with is a sort of photographer’s guilt. It’s like I believe the old mythology that my camera steals some piece of my subjects’ souls. Ruth Kaplan even busted me for it at the portrait workshop I went to in July, when she saw how uncomfortable I was directing my workshop partner/subject. She was clearly looking to me for direction, but I didn’t want to intrude on her. I figure I have to options: either get over it or stop photographing people, and the latter just isn’t an option for me. So I’m working on getting over it. I’ve recently discovered quotes from other photographers that will help me.

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I quite enjoyed the recent focus on African photographers over at conscientious. It started with a link to an article about Pieter Hugo, which stood out to me for his response to the charge that he is exploiting his subjects for their otherness:

‘I reject that view utterly,’ he says, suddenly angry. ‘There’s always an element of condescension in it, the notion that the people I photograph are somehow not capable of making their minds up about being photographed. And, you know, it always comes from white, liberal, European people, which suggests to me that there is something essentially colonial about the question itself.’

He takes a deep breath. ‘Look, there is always permission when I take a photograph, and there is always an exchange, emotional or financial. I paid these guys because I was taking up time when they could have been working or travelling.’


Last week, I also came upon this interview with Nevada Wier. “‘I think the most important thing is feeling comfortable with the actual act of photographing people,’ she says. ‘I’ve found, in teaching, that often people feel shy or intrusive, or that it’s rude. — In order to photograph people, you can’t feel that way. I sincerely believe that photographing someone is a compliment. It’s a sign that you find someone interesting.’”