Have you heard the story about the media and entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of photography? Well, meet Kate Ballis, a Melbourne-based ex lawyer now artist, whose photos will undoubtedly hypnotize you. Her work overlaps fine art, editorial and commercial photography with a focus on portraiture and lifestyle.
Her mesmerized Infra Realism project portrays a surreal world occupied by a vibrant shades of blue and green alongside intense magenta skies and red swimming pools. Even though you may recognize Palm Springs and Joshua Tree on her photos, you still question what you already know about the world. Observing her infrared works could teleport you on a distant planet or in a parallel universe.
As Kate writes to her webpage, she enjoys playing with light, complexity and finding beauty in the darkness and shadows. “I like the notion of making the unseen, seen. With my fine art photography, I’ve been experimenting with the patterns and textures found within the natural world, combining scale and context to create images that, while being wholly grounded in reality, feel other-wordly.”