Q: You are a stylist, a photographer, a creative director and much more…. Each of those is one full-time job by itself. A lot of people would burn out, handling only one. How do you handle all those caps at once?
A: I am a creative person in general and they really all mould into each other. Working on my book and self-portraits has really given me a new gaze at styling. I always loved layers, shape, and movement but I noticed that in my own photography I like it much more stripped back and with more of a focus on composition rather than styling. As much as I love fashion, for me, the best images and the most iconic ones are usually quite simple and more about the connection with the subject.
“You can’t do everything yourself. ” – Katie Burnett
Q: Do you have a favourite field? How do you think one is feeding into the other one?
A: My main focus is still styling. I love every aspect of it! With photography… I’m not crazy fond of delivering high res files yet! And for sure do not have a photographer’s brain on file organization. The nice thing about working on my own images over quarantine was the freedom to not really have the need to communicate with photographers via other image references. I love to research and look at images, I could do it for days on end but over lockdown when I started to shoot I really did not look into image references. It was more grabbing things from around the house and trying out what works. A lot of times I would have nothing specific in mind and the image would almost make itself. So for me, I felt this way of working helped me creating something a bit more original.
Wet Cat, 2021 © Katie Burnett / courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery
Q: Would you recommend one creative mind to diversify its activity? Niche VS Broad in terms of skill set, in our globalised world, what are your thoughts?A: I am a Leo and always want to do it all, which is not always the best. You can’t do everything yourself. This is something I have also been really trying to work on in the past year. Teamwork is such a lovely part of this industry. Working with others and everyone being elevated by each other’s creativity is so important! It’s nice to work on a project yourself but I also draw so much creative energy from others around me.