a little bit of everything and a whole lot of film

28 Dec 2017

Interview | Kate Hook



I first found Kate as I was searching for Canon AE-1 reviews on YouTube and one of her videos popped up.



It was a tutorial on double exposures and I was absolutely blown away by the images she had created.




Up until that point, I didn't realise that film can be molded, souped, distorted and restructured to your heart's content. Her use of colour, film techniques (that the more stringent side of film photographers may call accidents) and film souping produces stunning images that makes one feel as though they have stepped into another world, a neon dreamscape - one where even the very air is swathed in hazy pastels.



Kate has been featured in various online photography magazines such as Lomography (here and here) and The Phoblographer. Her work has even been showcased at exhibitions in the UK.

It was Kate who introduced me to Lomography's Lomochromes and other experimental film stocks. It was her who inspired me to look beyond what is in front of you and create an image how you would like to see it - like you've stepped into your fantasies.



1. Place of Birth
Kate: Sutton Coldfield, UK

2. Where has been the most inspiring place you have travelled to and what has made it so inspiring for you?
Kate: It's a tie between Honeymoon Bay in Sydney and a beautiful island just off the coast of Olhāo in Portugal. Both have these wonderful beaches and were genuinely beautiful places. I found them both to be so tranquil and scenic. In between relaxing in the sea, I was snapping away on my cameras! I'd love to go back to those places in the future.

3. Top 5 things on your bucket list?
Kate: Release a book.
Move abroad.
Shoot a short movie.
Be a part of a big gallery show.
Visit Japan.

4. What is your greatest extravagance?
Kate: Probably my Nikon 85mm prime lens. It cost me quite a few pennies! I used it originally for my digital work but it fits on my Nikon F100 and it's such a dream to use.

5. What made you delve into film photography and how long have you been shooting with film?
Kate: Since I was a kid. I played a lot with digital growing up as that grew more in popularity. At college where I studied photography, my tutor told me not to bother with film as it'll die out. That made me want to shoot with it more!

6. Favourite film stock?
Kate: Another tie! It's between Lomochrome Turquoise and Revolog 600nm.

7. Why film though?
Kate: We're living in a heavily digital world. It's nice to still work with a medium that doesn't hugely require technology to create. You can't rely on taking a thousand shots and photoshop to achieve that perfect image. It makes your eye for detail a lot sharper and gives you a greater appreciation for photography as an art form.

8. YouTube or Instagram?
Kate: Instagram, but YouTube is definitely making an impact on the film photography community.

9. Colour or B&W?
Kate: Colour all the way! Vivid and bright colour imagery plays a big part of the aesthetic in my work.

10. Introvert or extrovert?
Kate: I'm in between - Ambivert. I love being around my friends, going out and meeting all kinds of people but I also enjoy my own company and chilling out from the busy world.

11. Early bird or night owl?
Kate: Night owl for sure. But I can be an early bird if the sunrise is pretty enough to get up for.

12. Name 3 songs that would sum up your 2017.
Kate: Love - Kendrick Lamar, Get Free - Lana del Rey, Cash Out - Calvin Harris.

13. Name 3 films you can watch over and over again.
Kate: Pulp Fiction, 7 Psychopaths, Inception.

14. What was one insecurity you had about yourself and what did you do to overcome it?
Kate: I was always really quiet growing up, which was partly due to me hating my teeth! I had braces for over 2 years and they came off near the end of 2016. Now I'm considered rather charismatic! It's a pretty extreme step to take but I'm glad I took it. I don't think I've ever smiled as much as I have in 2017. (Author's note - Kate is gorgeous full stop.)

15. Describe yourself in one word.
Kate: Romantic.

16. What makes you happy?
Kate: My loved ones. Good food. Golden hours. Film deliveries. And naps!

17. Name 3 (people, things, era, music) that have inspired you.
Kate: The 70's and 80's for the experimental film photography movements. Peaceful Icelandic music by the likes of Sigur Ros and Amiina. Nature with all its beauty and wonder.


All photos by Kate Hook

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