This video interview was conducted via Skype. The interviewer, Anthony Mournian, was in San Diego, California, while Kathie Nichols was in Queensland, Australia. To conduct the interview required calling Ms. Nichols after 4 pm, San Diego time, allowing Ms. Nichols to answer her phone at 9 am, the NEXT DAY in Australia!
A talented amateur painter, Ms. Nichols is constantly on the lookout for colors and patterns in subject matter which she can photograph, then use the image as a model for a water color or acrylic painting.
For her early work in macro photography she used an off the shelf digital camera with no true macro lens. It was enough, she felt, to get close to her subject, photograph it and capture the colors and the patterns.
Kathie's become much more sophisticated in the use of her camera and the sources of her photographs. She explores dumpsters, ship repair yards, and kerbs and gutters, looking for her favorites of rust, ruin riot and ramshackle. She's especially keen on rust, peeling paint and rotting metal, and feels she has photographed enough "paper bark" to last a lifetime.