Monday, February 22, 2016

Fifty-Two // Katie Smith

Hello hello from Minneapolis, Minnesota! I've been here a little over a week now and even though everyone says it's 'warming up' out here, I think it's pretty effin cold (it's currently 30 outside)-- my body hasn't quite acclimated just yet. Maybe once I get a little more used to the weather, I'll feel a little more social and adventurous-- I know, I know, I'm a weenie ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

This week, I've spent a good amount of time at the Cameron/Smith/Politz house hanging out, enjoying some delicious food, taking silly quizzes, sleeping, talking about bleached b*holes, y'know just having a grand ole time over here. For the record, the bleached b*holes conversation was TLOP related, we don't randomly just talk about bleached b*holes. Enough b*hole talk and back to business. Because I've spent so much time over here, I figured I'd continue #fiftytwo with Katie.

I've known for a while that I would like to take some photos of Katie making ceramics, and because I hadn't shot for this week, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make it happen. The day started off very gloomy and overcast (which I love for photographing people), but in the late afternoon the clouds cleared out and the quality of light was quite nice. We stepped outside for about 15 minutes to get some portraits before we headed down to the basement for pottery. 

Once we got to the basement, I got to watch Katie's creative process. As a curious human being, I'm always interested in people's routines/processes. And as an artist, I'm definitely very interested in how other creatives work and how they go about their craft. I had many questions for Katie ranging from the technical aspects to questions about how she became interested in pottery. I should've recorded our conversation so I could have transcribed it and included it with this post, but I guess I'll have to do that next time-- actually, that just gave me a really great idea for a photo project. Okay, I gotta go brainstorm for that now. Enjoy the photos of Katie (and Koya). 


I had to include this shot of Koya-- she was curious about what 
I was doing over in the corner, so she came over to investigate.

Thanks for looking. If you're interested in seeing/buying some of Katie's ceramics, head over to her instagram (@ksmithceramics) and give her a follow-- I know she currently is working on stocking up her inventory so be sure to check in often. I don't know who/when I'm shooting for this week, but I'll figure it out. Remember: if you or someone you know would be willing to be a subject in the future, holler at me: or on instagram: @zapataphoto

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