Kathryn Weir

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A warped view.

Kathryn, hello! Having recently graduated with a distinction in HND Photography we really should say a HUGE well done!! How does it feel to be transitioned and free from the title ‘student’ and swiftly turned into ‘graduate’? 
Thank you so much! It feels kind of strange, as apart from continuing to work my part time job to earn money, I’ve much more free time regarding assignment work. I have more time now to enjoy photography and not stress over submitting assignments in on time. However I do miss college from time to time but I’m proud to be a graduate and I’m so happy with my overall grade and what I’ve achieved from the HND photography course.

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Your surroundings don’t always have to look perfect to make a great photo.
So talk us through your final major project, looking at street art from a different perspective; how and where did you find the inspiration for wall art?
For my final major project it took a lot of research for me to come up with my final idea. I kept switching my idea and changing things because I simply couldn’t make up my mind as to how I wanted things to turn out. Although, this idea of street art was always in the back of my head as I knew how much I’ve always been interested in street art and I’ve always enjoyed the creativity behind it.
I didn’t automatically choose the idea until a few friends who knew me pretty well mentioned how it would be perfect for me and having already thought of it previously I decided to do further research into it. I researched many famous street artists and their individual style which helped me decide what I wanted to show. I knew living in Northern Ireland we may not be as blessed to have just as many street artists as in England, however we still have a good few talented street artists here.
I wanted to show street art in more of an abstract and creative way so I decided to use my samyang fisheye lens to help give that slighted warped effect. The final six photographs for the wall were a mixture of images of street art that I found the most appealing from both Belfast and Dublin.
The main point I wanted to make was for people to view street art in a different perspective as I know certain people may not be as fond of it as I am but I wanted to highlight it’s creativity through the use of bright colour and bold statements.
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It’s all about perspective.

You then went on to create a photobook as a final piece and exhibited 6 of the photographs – how tricky was it choosing those 6 and did you find exhibiting at the Fusion exhibition in the Millennium Court, Portadown?
Yes, I created six final photographs for the wall alongside a photo book which included 15 photographs including the six final gallery photographs which people were also able to view. This sat on a podium next to my main wall photographs.

It was quite tricky to decide on the final six images for the gallery wall. I had a few options that I thought would work so I would print smaller versions of these photographs in a hope to rearrange them beside each other to see what would work best in a panel together.

I would then check each photo on the computer to ensure that the quality in each image was up to standard for choosing the final images. If I didn’t feel they were up to scratch with one another then I would look at other photos to see if they worked better in a cohesive panel.

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A day in Krakow.

I decided I wanted three bold and brightly coloured photographs that would work well together and three photographs that weren’t just as colourful but did however make a statement by having something eye catching in each photograph.
I found exhibiting at the Fusion exhibition at the Millennium Court, Portadown thrilling and exciting. I had never done anything like this and with Portadown being my home town I had previously visited this gallery quite a number of times and saw various exhibitions over time and to think that I was apart of that this time was a great feeling.

On the opening night of our Fusion exhibition it felt almost surreal. It was amazing witnessing people view my photographs alongside everyone else’s. The experience was over all fantastic and I was glad to be part of the Fusion exhibition, it truly felt amazing for me and I’m sure the same goes for the others now that all of our hard work had finally paid off.
What three items can you not work without?
The three items I can not work without; number one would definitely and undoubtedly have to be my main object which is a pretty obvious one, my camera. It is my tool to capture the beauty I see when I’m travelling to a new city or when I’m going on a new adventure or if I simply just want to photograph something interesting when I’m out for a walk. I always end up taking far too many photographs but without it I wouldn’t be able to express to others the sheer detail of that moment.

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Syrian Refugees on the streets of Athens.

Another item I love working with would have to be my samyang fisheye lens. I absolutely love the bizarre effect and simple abstraction it adds to my photographs. It can change the photograph so much and make the viewer look at it from a completely fresh perspective.

The third item would have to be a spare memory card. Although this may sound rather boring there is nothing worse than planning a photoshoot or travelling to a new city or simply going on an adventure and wanting to capture so many amazing things and having so many photo opportunities around you and not having any room left in your camera to take photographs.
The main question is what is next for you and your adventures?
I’m going to continue enjoying photography without the pressure of college assignments. I want to explore various areas within photography and develop my skills as I believe even after college you never stop learning when it comes to photography. I will continue to travel as and when I can and document my time as travel photography is a big passion of mine as I have always loved both travel and photography. I want to keep looking out for opportunities along the way and different projects that I could possibly be involved in.

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Syrian refugees father and son arriving in Athens.

Social media is a fantastic way to view other photographers who have an interest and passion in the same areas of photography as you. It is a great way to learn and improve on what you do and keep growing as a photographer. I will continue to share my photographs through social media as I believe this is not only a good way to promote yourself as a photographer but it is also a great way for people to see your photographs from various parts of the world and you never know who is watching or what opportunities are out there.

 

Quick round questions!!
Butter or jam? Butter.
Digital Photography or Film? I love both. Digital can be a lot more forgiving but I love the process involved of using film.
Street Art or Gallery Art? Street Art.
Biscuit or cake? Cake.
Listening to music or reading a book? Listening to music.
English Literature or Maths? English Literature.

You can find more of Kathryn and her eye-capturing photography through her Facebook and Instagram.

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