Katherine Keates

Fine Art Photography


The Power of the Portrait


There is nothing like being inspired!  

An exhibit by Zanele Muholi entitled Faces and Phases has forever imprinted on my mind the power of the portrait.  

All 35 images were burned into my soul as I stood in the middle of the room, surrounded by strong, meaningful images of the women that are such a part of her body of work. It moved me so much that I simply had to go home and see what was brewing inside the portraits I had taken awhile ago. In order to focus on expression and the story, the removal of colour, which I originally believed to be essential, did the trick. 

I am happy with these final images. They are not Zanele Muholi but they are my attempt at looking deeper within. I am glad I reconnected with these wonderful people again through the eyes of inspiration.

For more of my people and portrait images, go to The Human Element - click here