Q: What is your favourite subject matter to photograph?
K: People. I love Sally Mann style photos, and if I could spend my life taking photos like that I’d be a very happy girly indeed.
Q: Maybe a difficult question, but what do you think makes a photographer a photographer? Do you think it’s all about how you look through the viewfinder, and your mindset, rather than the physical act of holding the camera and clicking?
K: It’s a mindset. Anyone can take a picture, and with the way cameras are now, you can take amazing photos with just the auto settings. But it takes a creative mind to come up with an exciting concept, or to really strive to capture the subject’s beauty - whether the subject is a model or a landscape.
Q: What equipment do you use the most? What are your specific tools of the trade? Is there a piece of kit out there you’d love to get your hands on?
K: I’d love a better camera, a Canon 5D MK2 is the ultimate piece of kit right now, but there’s no way I can afford it. I only have a Canon 400d but she is my baby, and I got a new 50mm lens a couple of weeks ago, and it’s my favourite thing to use. I’d obviously love a ton more lenses but I feel like I need to learn how to use each to their full potential before moving onto another. And of course I’d love a studio and some lighting, as well as my own darkroom, but I think I’ll have to wait til I’m working before I can get them.
Q: I always feel that photographers that also model have a unique perspective on the craft of taking someone’s picture. Would you agree with this at all?
K: I would completely. You can take amazing pictures technically but you need to be able to direct a model. If you model too, you know how important direction is, and you learn how to explain what you want the model to do.
Q: What would you ideal shoot consist of in terms of relationship with model and photographer. When you’re taking the pictures, do you like a model to improvise? Also, as a model, do you like having direction and feedback from a photographer, or working from your own ideas and instincts?
K: The relationship has to be friendly - if you’re not comfortable with the photographer or the model, it’s tough to get the model to open up and really let loose. Once the model is relaxed, you can start making good images. Otherwise, they can be forced, awkward, embarrassed - not good. If I’m photographing I’ll usually have a reasonably set idea of what I want them to do, but I’ll explain that to them and usually do some kind of sketches to give an idea of what I’m going for. I don’t mind improvisation at all though, it’s always good to hear what they think will be good. If it’s not, then at least we’ve tried it.
Q: How do you feel when you see photographs of yourself? Do you look at them from a modelling standpoint, or a photographer’s perspective? Or do you just enjoy seeing the work you produce?
K: Both, I scrutinise myself but also like that I’ve come across the way I wanted to. Depending on the person who’s taken the photos I won’t always look as a photographer. If it’s a friend of mine who appreciates the feedback I’ll let them know what I think they could do. But then again, it’s all personal style. Everyone shoots in a different way.
Q: An odd question maybe, but please indulge me… With the digital age seemingly infiltrating every aspect of life, what are your feelings on its impact on the photography industry? There must be an ease of use thanks to advancements in digital photography and equipment. But is there a sense that photographs lose a “quality” when not taken with film? I’m no expert, but is it anything like comparing the sound of a CD to that of vinyl?
K: The thing with digital is how easy it is. You take a photo, it appears before your eyes. You change all the settings until you have it right. Then once you have the image, you can connect it to your computer and edit it digitally too. It’s just so accessible and quick. Film is a much slower process, and unless you’re really good you’ll rarely get the perfect shot on film. There’s no denying the quality of film images though. And there’s nothing quite like spending a day in the darkroom and seeing your photos appear before your eyes in the developer.
Q: You’re only just beginning your career as a photographer granted, but where are you hoping your camera might take you? Is there a particular facet of the industry that interests you, or are you waiting to be inspired or moved in a particular direction?
K: I’m waiting. Half of the reason I’m at uni is because I’m not sure how I’m going to make photography a career. I’m a term in now and starting to think that modelling could be a realistic option for what I want to do. If I was known as a photographer/model I could get a lot more work. The problem being I don’t know what I want to photograph. I just like photographing people. I guess I’ll learn what I do best over time.
Q: I had to mention your tremendous output on YouTube, and your singing. I know you’ve recently had to start again after being hacked, but before that, how chuffed were you with your video audience/following?
K: It was incredible. I didn’t realise how much it really meant to me until I had it taken away. I’d managed to get 3000 subscribers and had 40,000 views on some videos. It was just amazing. But once it was taken and no one was responding as they were before it really made me felt like there was no point and I wanted to quit it and never post a video again. But I have some true fans who stuck by me on my facebook fan page and the support was just really touching. It sucks so much that I can’t tell all my previous subscribers what happened though. I’m on around 400 subs now, slowly but surely getting there I guess, only 2600 to go!
Q: It’s plain to see from the videos that music plays an important part in your life. Did you grow up in a musical household? Where did this musicality stem from do you think?
K: No one in my family can play an instrument, nor can any of them sing, so I’m not sure where it came from. But I grew up listening to Queen and Michael Jackson, so was obviously strutting up and down the house thinking I was a born performer. Singing was always just something I enjoyed doing, and I find it such a release; so when people started responding on YouTube and thought I was good, I got into it a lot more. By 11 or 12 I was turning into a little rock chick and Nirvana took over my life, which got me so into guitar and expressing myself through music. Although I don’t write well at all, unfortunately.
Q: The music you perform is very varied indeed. Who are some of your musical inspirations, or just acts you enjoy?
K: Nirvana, Nirvana, Nirvana. If I could write and express emotion as well as Kurt Cobain could I’d be very happy. But I’d love to be really Ed Sheeran -esque at the same time; although I can’t play guitar as well as he can. I just love anything I can sing along to and can feel an emotion from.
Q: Is the music something you’d like to pursue on a professional level? Have you performed on stage at all? Would you like to?
K: I don’t know really. It’s always been ‘just a hobby’, like YouTube is a hobby, but the people who watch me assume my life is music, and it’s not that at all. It’s like I have so many directions I could go in life, depending on what takes off and what doesn’t. With my old channel, I was actually contacted by a producer from Britain’s Got Talent. Granted, it’s not something I would’ve thought of before, but he asked specifically for me to audition with Nirvana songs as they’ve never had anyone like me before. So I did. I find out in February if I’ve got through to the TV auditions. Saying that though, I’ll be petrified if I do - half the reason I do videos is because I’m too scared to perform on a stage. My nerves just take over.
Q: You have written some of your own songs also. What is your process when it comes to writing? Once you have the idea, can you quickly turn it into a song?
K: I’ve written a couple. I actually have a lot more that I haven’t worked on at all. The problem with writing is that I can do the lyrics, but I can’t do the music. Lyrics come reasonably easy to me when I have something on my mind, but creating the music is where I struggle. That’s why I only have 2 songs which are close to finished. I wish I could write better, I feel like it’d give me a bigger fan base on YouTube.
Q: It’s clear to me that you are a very intriguing and multitalented individual; you have a range of talents that most would envy. This is a hard question to phrase, but what do you find yourself thinking about the most? Is it singing, writing, photography, modelling…? When you get inspired, what is the first medium you funnel that thought through?
K: That’s a toughie! It really depends on the situation. I have a constant craving to sing. At uni I don’t get a chance to sing much and it drives me crazy; it’s just such a release for me. I find that more of an outlet than writing, as I tend to bottle most things up at the moment. If I’m in a creative mood it goes mostly to photography. I’ll draw out little sketches of a photo I could do. Or I’ll make lists of ideas I have. It does really vary on how I’m feeling though. Sometimes I just write what’s going through my head on twitter, haha.
Q: So with all these sides of your persona to placate, what projects are you working on at the moment? What guise will your creative output come in next? A song, a video, a set of pictures, a modelling shoot? Where next for Miss Katt Wade?
K: I’m working on my uni projects currently, which will be on the internet in the next few weeks I suspect. But other than that, I have a vlog planned, a couple of songs I’d like to do, and some modelling stuff planned with Kezia, who you should know by now!
Q: Could we please finish with a questionnaire first made famous by Bernard Pivot?
What is your favourite word? Babbling.
What is your least favourite word? Sophie (It’s just a horrible sounding name, nothing to do with any girls of that name).
What turns you on? A strong jaw.
What turns you off? Dirty unkempt feet.
What sound or noise do you love? James Mercer’s voice. He’s the singer of The Shins. Just wow.
What sound or noise do you hate? The hoover, ugh!
What is your favourite curse word? Fockin’
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Oh gosh, errr. A chef!
What profession would you not like to do? A bin man. hahaha.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You did good, kid.
I must admit I was blown away by the depth of creativity coming out of Miss Katt Wade. From seeing a very accomplished feature debut as a FRONT Alt girl, to learning all about Katt’s interest in photography, and her thoroughly entertaining performances via YouTube. This young lady is one surprise after the other. I wish her nothing but success in which ever field or medium she decides to specialise. I’m looking forward to monitoring her career and output into 2012, and thank her kindly for her involvement with this blog.
You can catch the many talents of Katt Wade at one of her social networking sites. I advise you all to go follow, add, like and enjoy:
fb Fan page: http://www.facebook.com/theresamooseloose
1) Katt’s FRONT feature (Scarlett studios)
2) Katt’s FRONT feature (Scarlett studios)
3) Katt by Raluca
4) Katt by Dave Baldelli
5) Katt by Rob Golding
6) Katt’s photography – Occupy St Pauls
7) Katt’s photography – Leah Hewer
All images used here were provided by Katt, or otherwise used with her consent.