Photos by photographer KATE BELLM (*1987, London) appear in magazines such as Playboy, Interview or 032c, and she stands behind the camera for brands including Gucci and Adidas. Her first book ‘Amor’ is a culmination of moments of Kate’s trips and travels over the last 10 years. She combines Polaroid aesthetic with experimental film and a wide range of cameras. Photography expert Nadine Barth helped to curate the selection.
Her pure and atmospheric photography seduces you into an otherworldly psychedelic paradise - with off-beat, colorful landscapes, crazy cacti, hot hazy vistas, flickering palms and colossal rock forms. In friends and lovers, Kate finds her models and muses. This allows her to work with a sense of spontaneity and ease which takes on the charm of youthful freedom. Each image takes the viewer on a new sun-drenched road trip or adventure.
It became clear at an early age that she wanted to be a photographer: “Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been taking pictures and calling myself a photographer. I knew it was all I ever wanted to do. I photographed my girlfriends from school in their rooms while my cousins did their hair and make-up.” During her shoots, she engages with her models: “I go with the flow and work with the vibe the person I’m photographing gives off so that they feel comfortable and free in front of the camera." This enables her to create a feeling of familiarity which is the basis for the sometimes adventurous situations of her motifs. Whether her models are running naked up a mountain or diving to the bottom of the sea: nature, the setting of the pictures, always plays a special role.
KATE BELLM (*1987, London) is a photographer who commutes between Berlin and the remote village of Deia, Mallorca, where she works from a self-built studio in the mountains near the ocean. Her work is published in magazines such as Playboy, Interview, 032c, and exhibited worldwide.
Kate Bellm ‘Amor’, Editor Nadine Barth, contributions by Nadine Barth, graphic design by Steve & George Gorrow, 2019. 192 pages, 126 ills., 25 x 33 cm, clothbound, with black edge coloring, ISBN 978-3-7757-4660-1.