If you can track her down, you will find Majorca-based photographer, Kate Bellm searching for her next adventure and of course, capturing the madness along the way. It’s hard to look at her photographs without a sense of longing creeping into your thoughts. It’s not just location envy, either. It’s a sense that she’s tapped into a feeling that we all covet in our own way. I’m talking about that lust for life and the thrill of existing that will never fail to mesmerize us. We look at the free spirited girls in Kate’s photos and hope that, somehow, that untamed part of them that makes them impossible to ignore might be part of us too.
It is no surprise that the nomadic lifestyle that is portrayed in Kate’s work reflects her state of being. In touch with the modern world, but devoted enough to an off the grid existence, Kate does more than reveal the stunning products of her own imagination — her art will make you want to break free from monotony and embrace the adventure for yourself. Read our exclusive Q&A below:
You don’t abide by the rules of fashion photography. How do you break this mold?
No holds barred, describe your ideal shoot.
[An] ideal shoot is what I often do. Take a group of friends on a road trip though a random country and shoot whatever adventures we get up to. Of course in my dream of dreams, it would involve a sweet van, somewhere tropical, surf skate and sharing beds with all your mates every night.
What have your nomadic tendencies taught you about yourself?
Of all the stamps you’ve collected in your passport, what makes Iceland stand out?
You capture the essence of a “free-spirit” in your photos. How do you define freedom?
What has you feeling especially creative lately?
[Being] underwater… it’s a paradise underwater. Every colour imaginable [has] incredible light bouncing off deep rocks. And of course just feeling lost in the ocean going deep down, feeling the loneliest and happiest you have ever been in your whole life.
Learn more about Kate Bellm’s work via her website and stay tuned for her upcoming exhibition at the Roman Road Gallery in London this December 2015.