Everyone has one: a place where they can get work done. A workspace serves as a place to focus and be productive, whether it’s a photo studio, a cozy cafe or a fully equipped kitchen. By looking at that space, one can learn a lot about a person’s tastes and lifestyle. This month, we’re focusing our lens on the desk of food and lifestyle photographer Kate LeSueur.
On Kate’s Desk:
• King Gator Notebook – Alexa Pulitzer
• Lined Notebook – Moleskine
• Craft Design Technology A5 Pale Green Notebook
• Drunk Frog Thinking Cards – Alexa Pulitzer
• Artifact Uprising Prints
• Maldon Sea Salt Flakes –“The Bee’s Knees!”
• Large Cards – Need Supply
• Josephine House Postcards – Josephine House of Austin
• Large Blank Book – Kinkos (FedEx Office)
• Large Dish – Round Top
Kate has a thing for plants. A collector at heart, she routinely brings fauna into her workspace, accessorizing the white walls of her sun-drenched office with Colonial green branches she picks up during her “epic” walks. A large, dried palm frond she found at New Orleans’ Audubon Park hangs on a wall, and by her desk, a waxy magnolia twig rests in a glass vessel.
“I always come back with something I’ve stolen from someone’s yard,” she says, grinning.
The Louisiana-raised editorial and commercial photographer began shooting full-time nearly two years ago after honing her craft as an assistant and stylist for Jody Horton Photography. Since going out on her own, she’s gradually expanded her portfolio from shooting mostly food to fashion, and has begun shooting fine art photography with black and white film. She started working out of this space—one of many rooms in an East Austin house—in October. Taylor Bruce of Wildsam found it, and now eight entrepreneurs and small business owners share it.
Kate’s desk, she says, is very special to her. Her grandfather used it in his back office. And while it’s rickety and old, it’s survived many hurricanes, U-Hauls, hard drives and computers. On it rests her grandfather’s vintage Argus 21 camera, and like the desk it’s also weathered several hurricanes. Her grandfather was an electrician who used the camera to shoot his jobsites and then kept it in his attic before giving it to Kate. Several other cameras she’s accumulated hang from a closet doorknob, and a Holga 120n and a Canon 5D Mark II (her go-to) share space on Kate’s desk next a stack of notebooks—which, she says, is part of a bigger collection.
See Kate’s Work
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