@kylejkeefe

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Where are you right now?

I’m currently living in Amsterdam, but moved here only three months ago. My partner and I have moved a few times over the past five years, but spent the majority of that time living in California in both San Francisco and LA. Amsterdam has been such a nice change of pace. I’m enjoying having four seasons and it’s also amazing to be able to safely bike everywhere in the city. It’s quite a change from the traffic nightmare that is Los Angeles.

Why do you like photography?

Photography is the perfect creative hobby and smartphones have made it easy to take that hobby anywhere I go. For me, a traditional camera always felt like a bit of a burden. I always had to prepare to take my pictures by bringing my camera along, which meant I was only capturing some aspects of my life. Because I’m always carrying my smartphone, there’s a lot more spontaneity to my creativity. If I happen to be in a place that inspires me, I know I have the right tool to capture my photos in my pocket. The most fun I have is editing my photos with simple editing software. 

What would you say your style is?

I’m not really sure I have a specific style, but I love to capture photos of architecture and design. My background is in art history and in addition to art, I’ve always been interested in architecture and interior design. I think those interests really come through in the subject matter I photograph. 

In terms of style, I think I’m all over the place. Sometime I’m simply documenting, other times my photos are intentionally styled.

You have travelled all over the world. What is it that you like about travelling?

First off, I think it’s important to recognize what a complete privilege it is to be able to travel. I grew up in Colorado in the US and my parents always made a point to take my sister and I to new states within the US, but I didn’t grow up traveling overseas. It’s been a dream to be able to explore the world. 

I’ve always liked learning new things and travel gives me the opportunity to continue learning into my adulthood. Perhaps most importantly, I believe travel builds empathy. You can begin to understand where a person is coming from and how that may affect their outlook on the world. 

What’s been the hardest image to capture?

Most of the time I don’t set out to capture anything in particular, but the photos present themselves to me. I think it’s hardest to have expectations around the image you want to capture because there are many factors (like lighting and weather) that shape the way a photo turns out. If there’s an image I’m hoping to capture, sometimes I have to be willing to wait for it, but most of the time, I’m just too impatient. That’s why it’s so important for me to snap photos with my smartphone–you never know when the perfect shot is going to appear. 

What is the most remote place you have travelled to? Do you have a photo of that?

I’m not sure about the most remote place, but the place that felt the most remote was when I camped for multiple nights in Wadi Rum, Jordan. My partner and I stayed in these semi-permanent tents that are used in the Bedouin communities that call Wadi Rum home. It was one of the most unexpectedly beautiful and otherworldly places I’ve visited. It looked like Mars.