10 minutes with Kate Peters

Interviews with Photographers November 4, 2011 10:23 am
When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

 

I started studying photography aged around 15 at school. We had an amazing teacher, Ellie Forrest who ignited my passion really. She was very supportive and encouraged us to experiment. She also had a great book collection, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe and I was massively inspired.  From there on really I have never stopped taking pictures. Athough it wasn’t until the end of studying at University that I really even found out that it could be a career. I went on to assist and continued making my own work, which has led to me working as an editorial photographer and producing personal projects, basically doing what I love.

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

 

How did you find subjects willing to be photographed for your projects Yes, Mistress and Night of the Senses?

That came about by chance really. I was doing research for a series looking at sites of experience, where I wanted to photograph inside brothels before and after the ‘event’.
I didn’t have any luck getting access but whilst trying to find locations I heard about Night of the Senses, an annual celebration of sexual diversity. It consists of a number of rooms where people are free to experiment with their sexuality and different sexual persuasions. I was given access and originally went along to photograph the themed rooms. They turned out to be less interesting than I had imagined so I shot a series of portraits instead. It was there that I first met a Dominatrix, was intrigued and so began Yes, Mistress.

 

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

 

Are you currently working on any personal projects?

 

I am currently trying to finish Yes, Mistress. Due to the nature of the work that the women do it has proved difficult to find people who are happy to be published.
Many of their families don’t know about their profession and wish to remain anonymous. I am hoping to have completed it by the end of the year…we’ll see!
I’m always thinking about my own work and what’s next. I try to split my time between working on commissions and producing work for myself, though due to the cost of living I tend to be working to earn a living more than on personal projects at the moment. I’m hoping that will even out a bit soon.

 

 

If you could go back 10 years and give yourself advice, what would it be?

 

Difficult question, I’m not one to make plans too far in advance and generally operate on a I’m happy today kind of philosophy. 

 

Although I would probably say ‘be patient’, which is something I should bare in mind today too. I’m in it for the long haul so have to spread out the successes with the failures!

 

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?

 

If it’s what you want to do – go for it. 
It’s not going to be easy but believe in yourself and be patient!

 

 

(Kate is based in London. See more of her work, here.)

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