It’s been three years since we launched Télégramme (my gosh) which means it’s three years since we caught up with Kate Gilbert, since she was a featured photographer in the first ever issue. (It’s available to read here if you missed it, check out how much Télégramme has changed!).
Kate and I have stayed in touch since, so I thought I’d do a little interview to catch you all up with what she’s doing now.
We last saw you in March 2010 in issue one (gosh). What have you been up to since?
Well, I’ve moved from East Berlin to West London to South East Louisiana (New Orleans). I’ve gotten married, survived my first full Mardi Gras season, and set up my own wedding/portrait photography business, focusing on 35mm work!
Do you have any exhibitions or shows coming up?
I’m pretty busy with wedding/portrait work right now – the weather is so beautiful in New Orleans that outdoor ceremonies & shoots are keenly organized from February through late November, with just a brief hiatus in high summer, when the sweat drips and the clouds rumble most intensely. But I’d love to put something together this Fall, I have a couple of ideas and just need to find the right space here in NOLA.
Are you finding different inspiration now you’re living in the states?
Tennessee Williams said “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” You see it on tea-towels in the French Quarter tourist traps, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any truth to it. New Orleans is an incredible city that I knew almost nothing about before moving to. I didn’t know there would be light that would my heart sing, and I was deeply unaware of the magical powers of a beautifully restored Creole Townhouse. But an obsession with analogue and a thirst for light-soaked imperfection has always remained.
What are your favourite things to photograph?
My husband, Andrew. Still/always/forever. A little Spanish Moss never hurt anyone either.
How do you think your style has changed over the last three years?
I suppose the biggest change is that I now stay in one place – my camera was my companion on constant trips across oceans for several years, and now it is my colleague here in NOLA. And with that, my photos have changed from providing a glimpse at a place or an experience, to exploring local people and events up close. But I think my style is still essentially the same – 35mm film, 50mm lens, a whole lot of mistakes, and just a few more successes. I just want to take the kinda of portraits that I would love to have of my family and friends – natural, colorful, real. Nostalgic but not dishonest. A little chaotic. Analogue.