I’m a portrait, travel, and lifestyle photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Ballis originally chose California, particularly Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, for the first instalment of this project because of the way nature and architecture coexist in those areas. What do you love most about photographing on the road? People also spend so much time cultivating their gardens full of succulents, but they end up just disappearing into the landscape. We’re also toying with the idea of Switzerland and Greece — we’re open to suggestions! The pool at Palm Springs Tennis Club. It really brings the meticulous landscaping to the foreground, instead of blending into the desert tones of the mid-century homes.
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The SunSeeker app helps me track the sunlight so I know where it will be at a certain time. I love the spontaneity and adventure of it all. A vintage Lincoln car sits in the driveway of an Indian Canyons residence.
The bizarre tension created by these vivacious colours adds an unsettling edge, as if you might be on a distant planet or in a parallel universe, but at the heart of it they are all incredibly joyous. Where are you headed next? For her most recent trip to Palm SpringsBallis honed in even further on individual details — the reflection in a car mirror, tree trunks, or the pattern of brickwork.
We take it for granted that the sky is blue, that it fades into the background, but through infrared everything is subverted and suddenly the sky is pushing against the picture plane.
When I’m shooting, sometimes I like to frame up and wait for a moment to happen in front of me. As if by the same magic that permeates her otherworldly infrared photographya shard of sun pierces through.
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I travel with Tom about four months a year — we live to travel! It really brings the meticulous landscaping to the foreground, instead of blending into the desert tones of the mid-century homes.
A perplexed Kate Ballis is staring at the sky. Her images of arid Californian neighbourhoods are populated with succulents and palm trees that pop with vibrant shades of blue and green against blazing magenta skies and blood red swimming pools.
She is currently researching for another series exploring Crete, Greece, and Somerset, England the latter the birthplace of her parentsand will release a book for Infra Realism in October. The spunky Australian takes us through her fun work process and crazy upcoming travel schedule.
I like soft, natural light. With dancer-like finesse, she begins gesturing her hands at the sky. Seven Lakes Country Club. On the one hand these photographs represent another world entirely, but on the other they feel like they could be populated by my childhood Barbie dolls, attending MTV dance parties with a cocktail in their hand!
When Tom and I plan a trip, the most we do is vaguely decide on the countries we’d like to visit; we leave our plans open and don’t book accommodations. How would you describe your photography style?
Palm Springs Through Kate Ballis’ Infrared Lens
Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, less than copies of the prefabricated fibreglass home was created in the s and 70s and sold around the world. People also spend so much time cultivating their gardens full of succulents, but they end up just disappearing into the landscape. Tell us a little about yourself. I was a media and entertainment lawyer at the time, but inafter shooting professionally for a number of years, I finally took the leap and went into photography full time.
What do you love most about photographing on the road? The hyper-saturation of Infra Realism marks a stark visual departure from her previous series, Glace Noira moody undertaking capturing the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. The pool at Palm Springs Tennis Club.
I started photographing as an amateur while traveling the world in When I met my partner and fellow-photographer, Tom Blachfordinhe taught me the ins and outs of photography. Ballis, relieved, fires off a burst of frames. These days, Ballis spends much of iate time on airplanes and in cars with her partner and balls photographer Tom Blachford who too has turned his camera lens on Palm Springs in his moonlit Midnight Modern series.
Upon her first visit, she was instantly enamoured with the acute heat, thick air, and the surrealist quality of the landscape.
We’re also toying with the idea of Switzerland and Greece — we’re open to suggestions! Recognising her potential, Aldridge offered Ballis an assistant role with him at his London studio.