Monday, July 22, 2013

Artist Abolitionist: Patrick Kolts, Photographer


Photos by Katrina Sorrentino

Meet Patrick Kolts, Brooklyn based photographer, who will be traveling to India to help capture the stories and beauty of the work Nomi Network is doing on the ground. All the awesome "Let's End Trafficking Together" t-shirt and tank sale proceeds are going toward this media project which is otherwise a donation of time and talent. (These are limited edition for 5 more days http://myshirtsize.com/endtrafficking2/). We’re ridiculously grateful because our media team is super talented, and we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words...and a beautiful well-composed and well-crafted photograph? Easily worth at least a million.

Photo by Katrina Sorrentino

NN: Tell us about yourself and your journey - how did you decide on photography as a medium?

PK: I have been interested in photography since I was about 10 years old.  Not sure why, I guess it just seemed so familiar.  It reminded me of my grandfather, though I don’t think I ever saw him take a picture.  I took classes and had a camera with me wherever I went always taking pictures of friends. Eventually people started asking me to take real portraits of them and paying me. When I was a senior in high school I realized that should be my career because I enjoyed it – it was a creative outlet and I could make money.

Photos by Patrick Kolts
NN: Tell us about your artwork – can you tell us more about what inspires you?

PK: I really love stories and beauty.  So I’ve always been attracted to portrait photography and getting to try and draw something out of someone – getting to know someone no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable they feel in front of a camera.  I hope people see the glory of the Lord in my photos, even in the smallest way. I hope it provokes an emotion or interest in understanding the beauty that we are all surrounded by.

Photos by Patrick Kolts
 
NN: How did you hear about human trafficking for the first time and why are you involved with Nomi Network?


PK: I learned about human trafficking through Nomi Network. Nomi has helped me to understand many of the facets of this issue. As time has passed since I first met the team at Nomi and became acquainted with the issue I have come back to support Nomi and get involved more because I believe what they are doing is true; it’s from the heart. It’s a very practical way to rescue these women. It teaches them to really build a better life. They earn a way to stay out of the trafficking industry and that keeps them out because they are working for themselves, no longer enslaved to fear.

Photos by Patrick Kolts

NN: Your style of work seems very real, gritty, and even abstract at times. Do you agree and how would you describe your work? How would you say that your style is helpful to telling stories of freedom or transformation?

 
Photo by Patrick Kolts

PK: Haha, I don’t think I would say it’s gritty or abstract, but i will take real. I think much of my photography is based on trying to catch real moments in life. I think moments of true beauty in life, whatever the circumstance is, is a realization of joy, and joy is freedom.

NN: How can someone find out more about your photography and follow you?

instagram: @patrickkolts

- Patrick Kolts & Alissa Moore

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