“The best camera is the one you have with you.” This lesson, imparted to fine art photographer Kate Holstein by her father years ago, has helped inspire the serene yet striking quality of her landscapes.
Holstein relies less on fancy gear—she travels to scenic destinations around the world carrying just one camera and two lenses—and more on an ethereal quality of light so elusive it exists for mere seconds each day.
“I’m always looking for those magic moments that occur in nature,” says the photographer, whose experience as a professional skier affords her unique access to some of the world’s most dramatic high-country landscapes, including those around her hometown of Aspen.
“I find the time just after a snowstorm, when everything is freshly blanketed in white, to be the most magical time to shoot,” Holstein reflects. “I love trying to capture a rugged, strong landscape in a soft, quiet, almost meditative way.”