In ‘Ghosts And Other Visions,’ Photographer Transforms Natural To Ethereal

Kate Breakey’s “Owl Feather, Arizona”

Courtesy of Kate Breakey

Kate Breakey makes magic from the everyday. She’s an internationally renowned photographer, documenting her daily life and the natural world around her.

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Breakey’s latest collection of works is called “Ghosts and Other Visions,” based on a poem written by the artist and called “Ghosts of Love.” The images, now on view at the Brickworks Gallery as part of the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, express a theme of love lost.

What viewers may notice first, however, is that the images themselves are not “straight-ahead photography.”

“I actually don’t even think of myself as a photographer,” Kate Breakey told Lois Reitzes. “I come from a background of painting and printmaking and came to photography later … I kind of start with the medium of photography and then I add to it.” In essence, “it makes them more than photographs; it makes them much more like paintings or drawings.”

Brickworks Gallery owner and founder Laura Adams said that the combination of Breakey’s techniques and subjects has an ethereal, evocative effect:

“She’s wonderful in communicating the mystery of the natural world to the rest of us.”

Kate Breakey’s “Ghosts and Other Visions,” as well as selections from her “Orotones” series, are on view now through Dec. 31 at Brickworks Gallery.

Breakey will give an artist talk Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.