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kate gazaway  Photographer. Vagabond. Baker on most days. Founder & educator @PictureChange. Based in Nashville,TN but I get around.

When @jessepaul first asked if he could document the behind-the-scenes aspect of @PictureChange, I laughed and said that it would be the most boring photography assignment he’s taken. I spend most of my days sitting behind my computer or on the phone. He said it would be a good challenge and wanted to give it a try.

I started Picture Change in 2011 because, while on humanitarian photography projects, I realized that those in front of my camera where the most qualified to tell the stories of their lives and communities, they just lacked the education resources to do so. Now, I get to do what I truly love a few months each year: working in communities and teaching photography.

The rest of my year is spent making those few months possible, which translates to spending hours behind my computer responding to emails, communicating with students, writing project proposals and budgets, planning logistics, fundraising, fundraising, fundraising, creating content for social media, etc., to name a few.
Honestly, it’s pretty boring and not instagalmorous.

So, when Jesse came to my home, we sat together and I talked him through my day-to-day activities. Near the end of the photo shoot, I got a message from a partner organization saying a project I was excited about had been canceled due to funding issues. I opened up to Jesse about how discouraging it was sometimes. There seem to be far more No’s than Yes’s, a prevalent feeling of failure rather than success.

But I also told him when I get discouraged, I think of my students over the past few years whose lives are now different because they have a camera in their hands with a chance to earn an income and use their voice for good. That’s what keeps me going each day, each month, each year. I’ve seen those hours transformed into changed lives. It’s not always exciting, but it’s worth it.

Sitting there talking to Jesse help remind me of that.
When you feel called to something greater than yourself, sacrifices are necessary to make it a reality. I’m grateful for Jesse’s eyes and voice in taking the time to understand that. You can see more of my story on his website. He’s an incredible storyteller & friend.

Truly one of the most powerful and emotional experiences I’ve ever had, to walk next to such strength and grace. Worth protecting and fighting for. 🐘 #worldelephantday 🐘

Nature = Nurture
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(📸 by #getinstagrammathilde )

Sprinkled chili powder on my pineapple this morning and was instantly transported to dusty streets, spice carts droning with the vendor’s mantra, smoke from tortillas and freshly slaughtered chicken over a cook fire, and an aching nostalgia in my heart for everywhere I’ve ever been. .
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(📷 from Nicaragua, 2016. Mi corazón está siempre contigo, Nicaragua. Volveremos pronto.)

Current status: figuring it out.
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(📸 by @amandeep.d_ . White Sands, New Mexico)

Summer’d

Summer driving down deep south backroads.

It’s normally around this time of year that I’m overseas for 4 months to teach with @picturechange.
This year, I’m sticking around and intentionally making this a “planting year.” We’ve got a lot of good things going on with Picture Change, but some ground level work needs to be done so we can continue to empower students to create change in their lives and communities through photography.

I still talk with a lot of my students online a few times a week (like Paul, in the photo, who’s doing incredible things in Uganda) and have the opportunity to get more involved with folks doing good work in my home community of Nashville.

Anyway, in case you been wondering what’s going on, that’s (part of) it.
Also, I loved chatting with Lane and Ryan about Picture Change for the @wedandwoke podcast. Check out the link on their page to listen!

Here’s a bit of brightness in case you’re needing a smile today as much as I do. 🙌🏽
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“Your daddy reminds me of my brother, Americus-Thomas, because he’s always saying ‘Careful, you’ll fall! Careful, you’ll hurt yourself!’ .
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You know, I never learned to swim or ride a bike because my brother and my momma were afraid I’d fall, kinda like I do now. I regret that I never did learn. .

I’ll tell you what I did do, though. I was a champion skater! I’d strap on those wheels and fly down Woodward Avenue in Atlanta. Americus never seemed to take issue with those skates. You ask any of the kids down there around that time (the 1930s) and they’d tell you I was a champion skater!”
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- #grandmagraciekate

My favorite pair of boots were purchased at the Rats Nest in Charlotte, North Carolina around 2010. The woman who ran the place cracked open a cold PBR as a congratulations for my new boots.
She also asked if I was going to go on down to the Thirsty Beaver and “dance on the bar in them thangs.” I politely declined, however one of the most Southern things I’ve ever done is totaling those boots dancing in a barn during a gloriously rainy wedding. I demolished them (dancemolished them?). It was going to cost more money to repair than I paid for them in the first place, so I thanked them for their service and left them behind.

On my current pair of boots, which have also served me well, the heels have caved in from dancing and walking with presence on echoing marble floors. My feet get wet every time it rains because they’re so hole-y, and perhaps there something holy about that after all.

I’ve been searching for my next companions for the past two years, but we have found each other yet. It’s only a matter of time. .
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(📷 of boots I didn’t buy during my roadtrip in May)

This was a proper Nashville weekend, although I do have 3 bruises on my arm and dust all up in my boots from some hardcore
do-si-do-ing.

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