We met Kaat through social media. We are big fans of her fantastic outdoor photography, and we were overwhelmed by her infectious enthusiasm. So we are very happy that she took the time to answer a few questions and immediately joined the society.
Can you tell us who you are and what you do for a living?
I’m Kaat and I take a lot of pictures. After graduating from the ‘Narafi’ School of Arts, I've been trying to find a way to merge my passion for the great outdoors and extreme sports with my career as a dedicated photographer. I quickly realized that those two things didn’t have to exist independently, so I've been wandering from New Zealand to Cuba and from Russia all the way to the Philippines. My work is a personal representation of my travel adventures all over the world including portraits, landscapes and action shots. And I love cats.
Why do you support The Bamboo Brush Society?
I might’ve slightly overreacted when getting my first e-mail from my friends at TBBS. Not only because I’m always happy when I get an e-mail that isn’t spam, but mostly because it’s one of the few companies I know that I fully support. The idea, the story, the mindset, the product. It’s all there.
I’ve travelled quite a bit over the past couple of years and it breaks my heart to see how some seemingly desolate places are completely covered with plastic. The Bamboo Brush Society has found a way to create the awareness a lot of people need by offering a great alternative for a common object we use every day.
I think TBBS will make a lot of lightbulbs go on, you don’t need to change your lifestyle radically to make a huge environmental impact. Changing your toothbrush is a bigger step than it feels and than anyone would think.
What do you think of the Bamboo toothbrush?
You’ll never have a toothbrush as good looking as this one!
Being a photographer you get to travel to a lot of great places. What’s the best spot you have brushed your teeth?
Do I need to say more?
Your schedule for 2017 is already packed with adventure and exciting trips what are you looking most forward too?
I’m leaving for Panama in a few weeks with a bunch of friends. None of us has ever been there and we honestly don’t really know what to expect. My travel plans have probably never been this vague, but I love it. Looking forward to the surf, the nature and the coconuts!
If you would not have become a photographer what would you have become ?
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a hairdresser – until I realised I had to wash old people’s hair as well (no offense, granny). Then I decided to be a veterinarian, but I only wanted to take care of cats, so I became a vegetarian instead. Does that make sense? Midwife, mail carrier, pop star, teacher … I changed my mind A LOT, so in the end I just said I wanted to become rich. Not princess-in-a-big-ass-castle rich, just rich enough to be able to do the things I love without having to worry about anything. I guess that turned out pretty well.
What’s your best travel story?
It’s really hard to pick one. The best story for me is a memory-mix of bears, spider-eating cats, Kanye West, sugar daddies, pink motorcycles and more unrelated / inappropriate / extremely absurd inside-jokes that I can’t share with the World Wide Web without sounding like a complete weirdo.
I think it’s safe to say my best travel story is yet to come. ;)
What is the last film/series you watched?
Share your best photo on your phone ! Make us laugh
My cat, every time I’m packing:
I might be the only person in the world who thinks this is funny though.
How do you get inspired ?
Social media makes me want to book more flights than I can afford; seeing the work of other photographers makes me curious and motivates me to get out there. There are a lot of photographers I look up to because of everything they’ve achieved. And if they can do it, I can do it to, right? :)
If you can go on a trip tomorrow to any place in the world, where would you go?
Iceland, no doubt. It’s been on the top of my list for years!