September 2018 issue
CONTENTS (page 3)
52 YOU MUST MAKE ART KIANNE PATRICE
After a visit to an art gallery, Kianne's life began as a photographer and artist. Now the Jamaican designs her own works on her iPad Pro.
PORTFOLIO// Kianne Patrice
Pictures Das Foto-Magazin Sept. 2018: 52-59. Print, web.
Kianne Patrice “YOU MUST MAKE ART”
A chance visit to an art gallery was destined to completely change the life of Jamaican Kianne Patrice. "It was like coming home," remembers Kianne Patrice, "the feeling was incredible." The gallery owner came to her, they talked briefly and suddenly tears ran down the cheeks of the two women. "You just have to do art," said the gallery owner, "there's no way around it."
BY JAMARI LIOR / PHOTOS KIANNE PATRICE
Photo artist Kianne Patrice describes this experience in a gallery as an almost spiritual moment. Previously, she had worked in the pharmaceutical industry, but now it was clear to the Jamaican woman: she had to become a photographer and an artist. Photography was nothing new to the young woman, she had always liked to photograph dogs. "Wooftography" she called it jokingly. Now she devoted herself to other varieties of photography and began to develop her own style, which combines graphics and photography.
“Almost everything happens on my iPad Pro”
Most of the time, the artist begins her work with two pictures - a photograph that she takes with her digital SLR camera or her mobile phone and a digital art piece that she creates mainly with the app "Procreate" or with "PicsArt" or "DecoSketch". To bring both images together, she uses the program "Polarr", which converts RAWs directly into JPEGs (full RAW support is planned), and tries different overlay modes. Almost all of her work is done on the iPad Pro. The combination of the images is described by Kianne Patrice as an organic process. She photographs whatever attracts her attention. In the graphic work, she intuitively starts with a color that reflects her current mood or matches the atmosphere she is surrounded by at the time. "Then everything flows and forms and relationships between the picture elements come naturally."
"Jamaica is an island full of artistic inspiration and vibrant people."
Much of her work is typically Jamaican, says the photographer, who particularly values the visual diversity of her homeland. Again and again, the island inspires her to take street photographs, nature shots, portraits and animal pictures. In the graphics, there are bold colors typical of Jamaica. Now when both images, the digital art and the photo, are put together, she sometimes works on specific topics and chooses certain recurring patterns in her art in order to create series cohesion. On the other hand, she likes to leave what exactly her works are to the observer: "I would like to move something in the viewer, resonate with them and stimulate their thoughts." In the future, she also plans projects to raise awareness of environmental and animal welfare issues and generate income to donate to these types of organizations. In general, expect to hear a lot more from Kianne Patrice: exhibitions around the world are planned by the ambitious Jamaican woman. Even if it is nowhere as beautiful as her island home.
Image pgs. 52 and 53. On the way in the Parish of St. Ann in Jamaica, you stop here. In a small rustic shop, you can buy traditional snacks, and sweet potatoe puddings that are prepared in a traditional way. This picture is intended to reflect the energy of the small shop, on the one hand the waiting, on the other hand the dynamic sparks of the oven. I've converted it to black and white and overlaid colorful art intended to draw attention to the waiting man."
Images pg. 54. (Top) Kianne Patrice is also sometimes in front of the camera, as in this portrait. (Bottom) “This train is at the railway station in Downtown Kingston. I really liked the monochrome look for this abandoned area."
Images pg. 55. (Top) Downtown Kingston is a very special place. This combination uses a concrete building and adds color and energy. The modern, playful meets the gray, everyday life. (Bottom) In Jamaica, sellers like to use trolleys for their goods - from snacks to cigarettes and drinks. These carts are mostly homemade and thus represent the individual taste of the seller. In the editing came a splash that frames this very ordinary everyday object, but at the same time preserves the vintage character.
Images pg. 56. "The area where I took this picture is famous for fish. Where there are lots of fish there are also birds, so I did not have to wait long until a flock flew by. The man at the boat gives an attention point.” Kianne Patrice has created two versions. In the airy, bright version, there is a counterpoint to the geometric shapes; the dark version brings more drama into the picture thanks to the strong contrast.
Image pg. 57. This picture started with the photo of a tree. Then Kianne Patrice mirrored it and added color. The observers see very different things in it. The artist likes to play with abstract forms and then get different interpretations.
Images pg. 58. (1) Abstractly recognizable - but here Kianne Patrice started with a photo of her chin. The image was developed with strong contrast and high graininess and superimposed on itself. It took a while to experiment with different colors and patterns,but the strong red finally felt right. As an opposite point of interest, the blue drip was added. (2) and (3) A look at the artist's workplace: this is how her works are created. (4) In a men's clothing store, Kianne Patrice discovered this scene with two mannequins. She converted the image into high-contrast black and white and added subtle splashes of color. The image is to represent faceless, superficial men, "men without substance", who only care about their image.
Images pg. 59. (5) "This old ship has been here for years. I left the original colors and then overlaid a texture that included color, dust and scratches. The feeling of the past is emphasized in this way," explains the photographer. (6) A close-up of yellow petals with water drops was the starting point for this work. Again, the photographer worked with intense color and strong contrast. (7) "I caught this man on a side street in Kingston,” says Kianne Patrice. She had done the picture in black and white and wanted to bring a little more flair with the gentle color.