I like to take beautiful pictures of beautiful People.
For Kat McDonald, it all started with a polaroid camera that her parents had. She was 4 years old and would merrily run around the house and into the garden, taking polaroid pictures of her pet rabbit, flowers, shoes, kites, ribbons, friends and family. Her mother used to have to prise it from her tiny fingers after she’d fallen asleep…Both her brothers are photographers as well, one a wildlife photographer the other for the Royal Air Force, so she had access to beautiful cameras until she could buy her own, and essentially what was an avid interest has now become a blossoming career.
Greatest inspirations or influences?
My main influence is cinematography. Films by
- Polanksi, Vadim, Fellini, Bertolucci, Bergman
- and nouvelle vagues cinema, like Godard, Malle and Truffaut.
There are many famous photographers who have inspired me -
- Helmut Newton, Annie Liebowitz, Anton Corbjin,
- David Bailey, Bob Carlos Clarke and Hedi Slimane.
- the beautiful and emotive works of two Australian photographers, Nirrimi Hakanson and Matt Caplin, with whom I have become friends with through various on-line art communities.
Every shoot is exhilarating, especially when the unexpected happens like a torrential downpour mid fashion shoot as I do not take orthodox portraits and prefer to shoot on locations- this is when the real magic happens.
I love erotic/boudoir shoots, or on-the-road shoots with bands. I cannot possibly pick the most memorable to date. That would be like asking a mother to pick her favourite child.
- Vogue – for its decadence and beauty.
- I-D, Nylon and Wallpaper.
- I love Sienna Miller’s style, being a fan of BoHo chic
- Alexa Chung has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll about her.
- I still adore Kate Moss and would love to photograph her.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have recently set myself the challenge of a 365-Day Polaroid Portrait Projects. Basically, using solely my iPhone to take the images and edit them (using various apps available from the iApple Store), to take one self-portrait per day for an entire year.