F: What first led you to photography?
K: As an only child, I would often take self-portraits to accompany my loneliness. Photography is something that was consistently present in my life in that way though I did not begin to consider it as an intrinsic aspect of my identity till 2015 or 2016 I would say. Although, that child in me is still very much present and in most ways, my photographs are simply a continuation of that story.
F: I read that you are currently based in New York. How has this city influenced your approach to your practice?
K: I do not think living in New York has held an impact on my approach to the way I take photographs as it will always remain a very solitary practice for me.
It is easy to get swept up in the culture of New York though and within it, the need to be seen and validated. Perhaps I am trying to find a balance between the person I put on display and the person I will always know. Duality is inevitable.
F: Your works provide intimate insights into your creative mind. How do you create such a strong sense of openness from behind the camera?
K: I hope that my photographs are able to connect with others, how that happens I think I’d rather not know. The more I analyze it the more that very thing loses its magic and prohibits me from creating freely through the influence of my subconscious.
"Perhaps I am trying to find a balance between the person I put on display and the person I will always know. Duality is inevitable."
F: How would you like to progress as a photographer?
To be fearless.
To connect deeper with my subconscious.
To get over myself.
F: What do you seek out as your main sources of inspiration?
K: As mentioned before, I like the idea of my subconscious guiding my lens. Whether that is to light, the beautiful, the symbolic, or the strange.
Though as all art is looking at other art, I find great inspiration in artists of different mediums. David Lynch is a big one for me right now. Apart from him, there are too many others to list.
F: What advice would you give to creatives at such an unstable and uncertain time of our lives?
K: You can continue to create for yourself though above all, be aware of what is happening during this unprecedented time in history. It’s really not the time to be sharing self-serving artistic agendas. Listen, support, donate, educate yourself, and stand up for the people and communities who are hurting. Your art isn’t going to solve these crucial problems, activism will.