BIO

Katie Adkins is a fine art and freelance photographer living in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Originally a native of Atlanta, GA, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design and soon after moved to SD. She has worked in the art industry for many years which gives her freelance photography work a unique, fine art point of view. Her approach involves the use of natural light, documentary/artistic and often candid viewpoints, collaborative ideas with her clients, and minimal post production.

Katie has worked with a variety of clients and on a variety of projects including portraiture, event photography, and product photography. Additionally, she has worked with newspapers, magazines and well-known photographers including the London-based Martin Parr and the National Geographic photographer, Alex Webb.

She lives and works in Rapid City, SD with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a fine art photographer with a documentary approach. I seek to capture what already exists without manipulation of the light or subject. For me, the real and unaltered (and sometimes flawed) subject is what I feel truly tells a story.

This approach lends itself to my interest in layers, both visual and metaphorical. My first series, Reflections, took a more literal approach - I crafted layers within layers in camera by using the reflections on the street. These layers are metaphorical representations of the layers within me. In my series MIDWAY, I look at the many layers within the context of the fair - children as commodity, carnies, hulking machinery. In my most recent project, I am looking at the classical use of windows and the separate visual planes created by layering the interior and exterior of a room.