KATHRYN CHAPMAN
PhotoPlus : The Canon Magazine|October 2021
Kathryn Chapman reveals how the power of selfies and photography helped her recover from lifelong depression
Kathryn Chapman

KATHRYN IS fascinated by the therapeutic power of photography and how portraiture can improve the way we see ourselves. Through her Face to Face® and Freedom Shoot processes (devised from her journey with depression and anxiety), she connects with clients to produce soulful portraiture that challenges negative self-belief and offers a different perspective – one of self-compassion and acceptance. Last year she was chosen to be part of the 2020 Vision Project and was recently interviewed by Rankin.

How did you start your photographic journey?

I’ve been photographing since I was eight, decided I wanted to be a photographer at 16, but didn’t realize my dream until 2004 when I was in my mid-30s. The day I began to call myself a photographer was one of the most joyful of my life. I was earning money doing the thing I loved most – photographing people, capturing beautiful memories, and creating art.

What attracted you to specialize in portrait photography?

I love the challenge of portraiture and all that it entails. What I do now is a direct result of my own deep learning via a series of self-portrait shots from 2018. I used photography to reflect back on who I was and it transformed my mental health. I’m fascinated with self-image, and reflecting the human experience in the way I do is an incredible co-creating journey.

What was your big break that took your photography and your career to the next level?

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