Emerging Artist: Katharine Kollman

About Katharine

"It can be a little hectic trying to swim, dive, compose, and meter your shot at the same time, all while holding your breath - but that's what makes it so fun, and what makes each successful shot so special."

-Katharine Kollman

Katharine's photography first appeared on our radar in March 2021 when she entered a competition with our sister company, Honolulu-based Chromaco Fine Art Services. We were moved by her passion for freediving, poetry, and environmental sustainability - her perspective is shaped by a tangible devotion to diving, and her photography is a profound way of sharing her joy for the sport with the world. Needless to say, we were thrilled to showcase her work on 808Arts.com in August-September of 2021!

"It can be a little hectic trying to swim, dive, compose, and meter your shot at the same time, all while holding your breath - but that's what makes it so fun, and what makes each successful shot so special."

-Katharine Kollman

Hawaii freediver and film photographer Katharine Kollman in action

About Katharine

 

Katharine Kollman is a film photographer and freediver, born and raised along the glacial shores of Lake Michigan. Katharine does most of her work underwater and focuses on creating images that document both the quietude and play of life lived beneath, within, and on top of the waves.

Katharine currently lives on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She is a freediving instructor and is scheming a future full of travel, teaching, and shooting off rolls all across the globe.

"The fun part about shooting with vintage, underwater equipment is the rare moment when you snap a Jacques-Cousteau-esque photo that makes you feel like a real explorer" ~ Katharine Kollman

Art Stories

untitled 1 katharine kollman metal art print

'Untitled I'

"This turtle came out of nowhere, and swam right up to us, lingering long enough for us to take in the enormous scoring from a boat motor that penetrated all the way through the shell in some parts. It was a bittersweet observation, to know that these creatures can be unintentionally harmed so harshly, but still survive and continue growing" ~ K. Kollman

thundercloud katharine kollman paper print

'Thundercloud'

"This spot has a very rocky dropoff... the way the stone echoes, the ocean is powerful and felt deeply in your chest. The water clarity was awful, but watching this school of fish get swept back and forth betweek these large breaking waves was co calming. I think I spend half my roll in this one spot." ~ K. Kollman

Katharine Kollman - Light Leak

'Light Leak'

"I was just taking a curious drop under a shallow ledge when I discovered this light ray shining through the reef. It was too perfect, and my heart leapt in my chest... As soon as I saw the dried negative hanging in my shower, I knew it was one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I kept it to myself and only shared it with two or three people for a year before deciding to release it for this feature." ~ K. Kollman

Katharine Kollman - Counterpart

'Counterpart'

"These two eagle rays were trailing back and forth along the same stretch of rock for nearly 15 minutes... Rays are one of my favorite animals to watch in the water because of how gracefully they move, and the Hawaiian name for them is actually "hihimanu" which best translates to "elegant bird"." ~ K. Kollman

Art Stories

Katharine Kollman - Counterpart

'Counterpart'

"These two eagle rays were trailing back and forth along the same stretch of rock for nearly 15 minutes... Rays are one of my favorite animals to watch in the water because of how gracefully they move, and the Hawaiian name for them is actually "hihimanu" which best translates to "elegant bird"." ~ K. Kollman

untitled 1 katharine kollman metal art print

'Untitled I'

"This turtle came out of nowhere, and swam right up to us, lingering long enough for us to take in the enormous scoring from a boat motor that penetrated all the way through the shell in some parts. It was a bittersweet observation, to know that these creatures can be unintentionally harmed so harshly, but still survive and continue growing" ~ K. Kollman

thundercloud katharine kollman paper print

'Thundercloud'

"This spot has a very rocky dropoff... the way the stone echoes, the ocean is powerful and felt deeply in your chest. The water clarity was awful, but watching this school of fish get swept back and forth betweek these large breaking waves was co calming. I think I spend half my roll in this one spot." ~ K. Kollman

Katharine Kollman - Light Leak

'Light Leak'

"I was just taking a curious drop under a shallow ledge when I discovered this light ray shining through the reef. It was too perfect, and my heart leapt in my chest... As soon as I saw the dried negative hanging in my shower, I knew it was one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I kept it to myself and only shared it with two or three people for a year before deciding to release it for this feature." ~ K. Kollman

More from Katharine

Follow Katharine on her underwater adventures:

Instagram: @cassec0u

Website: www.katharinekollman.com

More from Katharine:

 

Follow Katharine on her underwater adventures:

Instagram: @cassec0u

Website: www.katharinekollman.com

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