Near Vasquez Rocks
Left: Shot on 35mm film off the 14 Freeway in Southern California near Vasquez Rocks. Right: There's a deep sadness within the spaces and structures rooted to the ground versus the surreal beauty of the trees growing upward.Shop
The human subjects look abandoned, desolate even, in comparison to the vital nature that surrounds them.Shop
Left: There's an ephemeral quality to these abandoned objects in the broad landscape. Right: Another depressed structure against the vast terrain.Shop
Everything was new, once. Abandoned structures in desert ghost towns. Sun-bleached floral motifs on a fabric chair. The everyman’s suburban car, dated and tired, pulled up to rest outside the family home. For photographer Kate Parfet, the story is found here, among the desolate, the weatherworn and everyday. Through her lens, the forgotten are given centrestage once more, and the ordinary becomes something at which to marvel. On an overcast winter’s day, the girl from Echo Park, Los Angeles, takes RUSSH for a ride along Southern California’s 14 Freeway to see what we can find.
What is it that initially drew you to photography?
I started taking photographs because there was a world I saw inside myself that I wanted to capture. I didn't have a name or word for it, but I knew I could say it in images. I feel a sense of peace and calm when I'm able to capture this certain world and get it out of my head.
What do you do when you're not taking pictures?
I model. I’m in the early stages of costume designing a film my boyfriend is directing. I’m also helping put together a music and arts festival outside of Tokyo this Spring.
WORDS Edwina Hagon
PHOTOGRAPHY Kate Parfet