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@kateainger was chosen as our Featured artist for the theme {Transform} and I wanted to learn more about her and her photography journey, so I reached out to Kate. You can learn more about her as well but reading below.

Tell us a bit about yourself?  And, are you a hobbyist or a pro?

I am a British lawyer/actress turned mum/photographer. After working as a solicitor in London and the Cayman Islands, I decided to indulge an old passion to tread the boards and retrained as an actress. Two West End productions and several tours later, I got married and moved to Mauritius, with my husband’s job. We lived there for over 10 years and had our 3 children, before moving back to the UK at the beginning of Lockdown in 2020. I would describe myself as 90 per cent hobbyist and 10 per cent pro.

I am proud of this image for many reasons. Despite my acting career, I am not comfortable in front of a camera lens, but I am learning to push myself occasionally so that our children remember I was there too. This is the first self-portrait I have taken with my Lensbaby Sol45. I discovered I could manually focus the lens whilst sitting in front of it and looking at the Canon App on my iPhone. The overlays are an ICM of a sunset and some colourful restaurant lights.

What inspired you to pick up your camera initially? 

Like many others, I first picked up a camera to document my children’s lives. A friend in Mauritius was a Click Pro and once I saw her family albums I was hooked. I started with courses run by Photography for Parents (a UK based online photography school), which I would highly recommend. They now run courses for all levels of photographers.

This is the another old favourite – my elder daughter singing in the shower in Mauritius. Once again it is a Lensbaby Sol45 image. I converted it to black and white to enhance the contrast of her skin against the dark tiles and to allow the highlights of the water droplets to pop.

How do you improve your technique?

Completing my first 365 Project in 2020, definitely helped me work on my techniques as I needed to keep trying new things in order to give my images some variety.

Becoming involved with the Light Communion loop on Instagram this year also helped me push my creative boundaries and honed my double exposure techniques. The image you kindly selected for the Share Six Transform theme was a fusion of my image with a light overlay gifted by my talented friend, Annick Paradis.

I try to take occasional classes but I’m guilty of having several breakouts sitting untouched on my Hard Drive. I am supposed to be finding time to look at those before I start any new ones!

This is one of my all-time favourites of my youngest daughter. We had to leave Mauritius unexpectedly in March 2020, due to the pandemic and the children had very few toys when we arrived in the UK. It was a time of simplicity for us – no furniture, home school and making our own entertainment. My daughter decided to use the saucepans to make music and she sang at the top of her voice whilst doing so. I moved her pans slightly so that she was lit by the light from our French doors and then took this image from outside, through the open doors. It was worth her breaking all my wooden spoons just for this captured memory!

Most important thing you have learned about editing?

Two things really – collaborate and know when to stop. Particularly with more artistic work, I often ask my wonderful 365 group or a close photographer friend for their critique on an edit before finalising an image. I am guilty of often being at my desktop in the early hours of the morning tweaking edits when I should be in bed catching up on some sleep, so one of my resolutions for 2022 is to stop that!

This base image was just my elder daughter and her reflection in the window, taken from above. The overlay is a Jessica Drossin City Lights image.

Secret weapon. Or piece of advice that’s helped you?

Overlays. I love the energy and textures in Natalie Robinson’s work and since taking her Fused breakout, I’ve learnt how to add elements to my images which were missing in the original.

This was an image I planned in advance. My mum is extremely happy to have us back in the UK and I wanted to record this special connection between the three generations of women in our family. I remember my grandmothers’ hands very clearly but I have no photographs, so I wanted this image as a gift to my children.

Why photographs? Why not painting? Or poems? Or, for that matter, statutes or taxes?

I feel as if my photography meets the needs of my dual personality – my lawyer’s need to follow rules and my actresses’ love of creation. I love how it has pulled together the different strands of my life.

This image was taken on holiday in Somerset last summer. Our son was in the pool and trying to persuade his little sister to jump in. I was shooting with my Lensbaby, as I love the effect it has on water and I suddenly noticed the shadow on the wet pool edge and the triangle which it formed with the children when they were holding hands. I used a light overlay gifted by Natalie Robinson to our Light Communion Circle as I loved the sparkle it added.

Thank you Kate for sharing your story and your beautiful images. I also love the different overlays that you have used. It’s so exciting to live in another country and get exposure to their way of life. Travel rounds us all.

We look forward to seeing your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram Page.  The theme this month is {Abstract_22} for so tag us with #sharesix_abstract_22 for another 2 weeks. The theme will change on February 5, 2022.