Literary Orphans

Kaia Pieters – Featured Artist

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Deviant Art: http://thefoxandtheraven.deviantart.com

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiapieters/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fieldsofcow/

1.What sparked your interest in photography, and when did you know you would pursue being an artist?

I first became interested in photography about 6 or 7 years ago. What really sparked my interest was the website Deviantart. I would see all these amazing pictures there and eventually started trying to take my own ‘artsy’ pictures.

2. What other artists and art forms have influenced you and your work?

I get a lot of inspiration from other photographers I’ve found online such as: Kindra Nikole, Natalia Drepina and Lissy Elle Laricchia.

3. Can you describe your current artistic process, habits, techniques you have formed?

I’ve noticed that since I started photography I’ve started really paying attention to the world around me and seeing beauty in things that I didn’t before. I’m essentially always on the lookout for inspiration or locations for new pictures.  Lately I’ve also been trying to sketch out my ideas more and really plan out every detail of a picture. I feel like paying close attention to the details and planning out a shot before I take it has really improved the quality of my work. Once I have an idea of what I want to shoot I start collecting or making the props for the shot. The actual shooting process usually doesn’t even take that long, I usually just set up the shot and take a lot of pictures until I feel like I got the right shot. After that I spend a lot of time in Photoshop.

4. Is storytelling important in your photography?

Definitely. Almost all my pictures are meant to express a concept or tell a story. I have, like many visual artists, a hard time expressing myself through words and use photography as a way of doing that.

5. What are some of your favorite books, poems, authors?

I have many favorite books and it really is too hard to choose. If I really had to name one or two it would have to be ‘Looking For Alaska’ by John Green, since that is honestly just a beautiful book that I have managed to re-read at least twice, which is something I almost never do, and I have used many quotes from this novel to go alongside pictures. Another book that I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from for my photography is ‘Alice In Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.

6. Can you put into words the way you have evolved over time as a photographer?

Well, I started off taking pictures with a crappy phone camera, which obviously weren’t very good. After a while my family bought a Nikon D3000, which I mostly used, and I started working with a good camera for the first time. I still wasn’t quite satisfied with my work and decided to start a 365 project (taking a picture a day for a year). This was undoubtedly one of the main things that helped me grow as a photographer. From that project I also learned that the best way to improve and evolve as a photographer is to constantly try new things and experiment. I am, however, still not quite where I want to be and I don’t think I ever will be. I think this is kind of a never-ending journey of improving and learning new skills and I’m excited to see how my photography will evolve further.

7. Where do you turn for motivation and new sources of inspiration?

I get a lot of my inspiration from music and books. I’ll hear certain lyrics or read a certain quote and immediately think of how I can visually represent those words. I also get inspiration from my own emotions and feelings that I want to express.

8. Discuss the role of community and gallery showings, etc to your growth as an artist.

The artistic community of Deviantart is what has most helped my growth as an artist. It is there that I first got inspired to start photography and it is also there that I found out about the 365 project, which played such a vital role in my growth as a photographer.

9. What do you think is more important for your craft: passion, dedication, or raw talent and can you elaborate on why?

Passion and dedication for sure. Without either of those I would never have put this much work into my art. I would never have spent so much money on props I might just use for one time, I would never have stayed up till 3 AM making paper crowns or researching the best place to buy smoke bombs, I would never have dedicated a year of my life to taking pictures every day and I would most certainly never have walked around snowy forests in far too little clothing or gone into freezing lakes in the fall just for my art. It is also passion and dedication that have pushed me to want to learn more about photography and learn how to develop my skill.

10. What is a project, or theme you are currently working on, or something that is currently taking your attention, that you are aiming to explore in your work?

I have many ongoing projects currently. One project that is almost finished is my depiction of the seasons. This is a series that visualizes the seasons as a person and depicts the changing of one season to another.