If you’re anything like me, there are many different versions of yourself that you show people depending on your surroundings. Sometimes those compartmentalized worlds mix and those colors you’ve painted yourself as take a different hue.
This @picturechange gallery on Nov. 8, “Stories From the Source”, is huge for me personally because it’s the first time I’ve shared my ‘Away’ with my ‘Home’, my wings with my roots, my passion with my foundation in the community I’ve found here in Nashville.
For the past 7years, I’ve taught photography to dozens of students in 5 countries. That’s showing up as a stranger & building community 8 different times. That’s making friends & relying on others who don’t speak my language to survive and succeed. That’s witnessing a spark of discovery in my students and passion to create change where they live. That’s seeing suffering. That’s seeing joy. That’s sharing meals with those who have nothing and sharing a little bit of myself with everyone in between.
Earlier this year, I was talking with @shinabarger of @plywoodpeople & he said, “Kate, I’ve known you for 5 years and I never knew you did ALL this. Sharing on Instagram doesn’t cut it. You need to have a tangible celebration with your community and bring them into the work you’re doing.”
I’m both thrilled & scared to share my world-wild heart in the place I call home. I’m honored to represent the work of my students who overcome incredible odds to bring this work to you.
Our vision grows when we are vulnerable with each other. Our love grows deeper when we let others in. Our understanding broadens when we practice empathy & experience kindness from those we fear.
This show, Stories From the Source, features 60 photos from my students. Theyre all of these things, beautiful, vulnerable, profound and full of the deep understanding which only a local’s perspective can provide. Some photos act as a door while others act as a mirror, allowing us to enter into a new space or to see ourselves a little differently.
If you are in Nashville, I hope you can make it on Thursday (6-8p. 901Woodland St). I’m honored to share this work, these worlds, and myself with you.