Christopher Kates was born in Los Angeles, adopted, and then raised in Northern California. He arrived here on Earth with an intrinsic fascination with the outdoors and a drive to capture its beauty through his chosen art form, photography.
As a child he would often camp outside his family’s home under the Redwood Trees. At age 16 Chris learned how to process and print his black and white film in the darkroom. After years of carrying a vintage camera everywhere he went, Kates dedicated his life to art by attending the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
Kates believes that “The natural environment is the most powerful way to put our existence into perspective. My pictures are my expression of gratitude for life and consciousness.” His work not only serves to remind us of the joy and wonder of our Universe but the urgent need to do all that we can to preserve our planet for future generations.
Kates lives in what he considers one of the most beautiful landscapes in America; Denver, Colorado. When he’s not running his fine-art printing business, he travels the country capturing America’s most spectacular vistas in his uniquely personal way.
Kates on his "Mosaic Photography"
“When I go to shoot a mosaic I setup my camera on a tripod with a telephoto lens. I then shoot many individual pictures of the scene. This takes anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours depending how much I want to include the change in time of day. I then arrange the individual pictures in photoshop to resemble the view from where they were captured.”
“I love making mosaics because it gives the viewer a unique experience. The passage of time that can be seen as the sun sets or rises tells a story. Typically photography freezes time in one fraction of a second but my favorite mosaics include that dimension of time as a key element of the finished piece. Even the mosaics that are shot all at the same time of day allow the viewer to be immersed in the scene as if they were standing there looking around for themselves. Each individual photograph in a mosaic is 7”x11” at it's full size. Sometimes I print the entire image on a single sheet of paper. Other times I print each individual photograph seperately and then mount them to a wood or glass surface. All of the mosaics are part of a limited edition.”