T+L's Photo Contest Finalists: Katherine Sline
Katherine Sline, a jewelry photographer by day and travel and portrait photographer by passion, loves using her talent to capture genuine, off-guard moments that capture the true essence of her subjects.
“I find a lot of joy in just going out in the world and capturing organic, genuine moments,” Sline told Travel + Leisure.
Her vibrant shot of hot air balloons grabbed our judges’ attention and was enough to get her to the next round. Take a look at some her favorite shots below, and vote for our finalists.
T+L: Tell us a little about yourself as a photographer.
Katherine Sline: Professionally, I work as the photographer for a national jewelry retailer taking images of the merchandise for marketing materials. My primary objective is to showcase product in the best possible light, whether that be a still life image in the studio or a lifestyle shot taken on location. With my professional work being so focused, for my personal photography I find a lot of joy in just going out in the world and capturing organic, genuine moments.
T+L: How would describe your style of photography?
KS: I have always gravitated towards still life and landscape photography. If I am taking a portrait, I prefer candid, “in-between” moments. When you capture an image of someone off guard, it’s more of a study of who someone actually is versus an image of the façade of how they wish to be portrayed.
T+L: What do you look for when looking for a great shot?
KS: Often, I find myself being drawn to textures, architecture, and color. I love when man-made meets nature – those two forces coming together in a balanced shot is the dream.
T+L: What do you think makes a great travel photographer?
KS: In this age of cell phones, everyone is a photographer. To be a great photographer, you need to have the eye to see what others don’t and capture something unique. Taking an image from a new viewpoint with an interesting composition can lead to something visually stimulating.
T+L: Do you have a favorite photo or photographer that has influenced your work?
KS: Henri Cartier-Bresson and Edward Weston are two photographers I have always admired in different ways. Cartier-Bresson is a master of capturing everyday moments in the world beautifully and Weston’s use of lighting when taking still-lifes and nudes is stunning. Both their images elevate the mundane into fine art that will be admired forever.
Rio Grande Landing
Pilots jostle for landing space along the Rio Grande.
The texture of this metal caught my eye.
Everyone has a favorite balloon, and this one is mine. The flags on the balloon add an ethereal element to its movement across the sky.
Fiesta Park from the Sky
As the sunrises up behind Sandia, the balloons float off from Fiesta Park.
Late evening light casting shadows on the Grand Canyon.
Show of Scale at Sunrise
Crew members holding crown lines and chase vehicles line up while more balloons are in different stages of inflation. I like this image for the color, light, and the way it visually shows the size of the balloons in comparison to the crewmembers and vehicles.
The exterior of this building was beautiful.
Crewmembers lay out the balloon for the “cold-inflate”. They use a high-powered fan to fill the balloon with cold air that the burners will then heat for the balloon to “stand up”.
Looking up from the basket at the propane powered burners.
This Parisian door had character.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Taken from the ground at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.