Cate Rochat – Let the woman eat her banana | Full-Time Student Interview

Posted by Orms CTSP
19 September 2017 | Blog, Home-blog

We recently picked the brain of one of our current Full-Time Photography Programme students, Cate Rochat, on her journey in developing a life in photography and what she aims to achieve through her core body of work produced during her time with us. Gain insight to her thoughts below:

Why did you decide to study photography?

To be honest, I just couldn’t resist. After studying Graphic Design, it made sense in that it expanded a skill set I had already spent so much time developing, but I also couldn’t help but indulge myself in a passion that I’ve had since I was a teenager.

Tell us more about your current body of work, which will be exhibited at the upcoming Student Term Exhibition. What are you challenging?

I’m trying to challenge the curtain of sex that female bodies are viewed through. The sexualization of our bodies overshadows everything that we do, no matter how menial the task. The simple act of eating a banana is something worth second-guessing because you can never be sure who is going to look at you and choose not to see a woman and a banana, but rather a blowjob.

What are you hoping the outcome would be of this body of work?

Let me eat my banana in peace!

What is the most crucial thing you’ve learned so far (through this course?)

– In terms of photography
I’ve learned to love the process. Starting a project with a crystal-clear vision is the worst thing that you can do. You need to give yourself the time and space to play and explore and often my “this probably isn’t going to work but I’m going to try it anyway” is what I end up falling in love with.

– In terms of yourself
Think things through. Always check that the popcorn machine is on before giving it your R5 coin.

What do you think is the importance of photography and how can it shape our community?

I think that photography opens the door for conversation – it asks questions, explores experiences and proposes answers, and this makes people talk. Talking is the key to understanding each other, which is something that this world seriously lacks.

What gear do you enjoy shooting on?

I’m a classic millennial with a penchant for anything from a bygone era, which makes my Dad’s old Nikon film camera with a 50mm lens my best friend.

Who do you look up to as mentors in the photographic industry? Local and international.

Internationally, I’m obsessed with Harley Weir, Petra Collins and Tyrone Lebon. Locally, I’m continually inspired by all of those my age and younger who are making things happen for themselves without thoughts of fear or failure.

What would you like to do with your photography in the future?

I would like to continue creating, whether it be for myself or in a professional capacity. I’m not thinking too far ahead just yet, I still need to make it to the end of the school year alive.

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