free-spirited nudity and surreal landscapes define kate bellm’s imagery

Intimate and iridescent, raw and romantic, we’d expect nothing less from the British photographer

by Catherine Kirby
16 November 2017, 12:27pm

For Kate Bellm, photography is an opportunity to capture the world and a chance to engage with the natural wonders that inhabit it. Intimate and iridescent, raw and romantic, Kate’s first solo exhibition, NIGHT SKY RISING, explores the wild beauty of nature through a surreal lens. From idealistic landscapes to free-spirited nudes, each photograph tempts you deeper into Kate’s hypnotic perspective. At a time when the world is so rife with tension, the British-born photographer offers a sense of escapism, steeped in the spirit of freedom, youth and nature that is so often lost and overlooked.

Kate Bellm photography: topless girl with party hat on

"The most important feeling that I want to convey through my work right now is a sense of freedom and the ability to live with less and accomplish anything,” Kate tells i-D. “My favourite piece in this show is of my husband Edgar skating down an ocean road in Mexico. To me it represents the feeling of true freedom that pushes me to keep traveling, meeting inspiring people and continually testing myself. If nothing else… hopefully I can inspire that in others."

Kate Bellm photography: surreal snow mountain landscape with pink sky

Opening at LAMB ARTS on 23 November, the exhibition comprises an eclectic mix of archival and new photographs, and a series of sketches and notebooks. NIGHT SKY RISING offers an intensely wild insight into Kate’s world; a world full of imagination, colour and nudes.

Kate Bellm photography: naked woman on the rocks with a green sky
Kate Bellm photography: naked swimmers underwater in black and whie
Kate Bellm photography: naked female swimmer underwater with orange filter
Kate Bellm photography: skateboarder skating downhill towards mountains and a lake
Kate Bellm photography: palm trees with a pink sky
Kate Bellm
night sky rising