Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis are one of my favourite creative couples. They are both photographers, though this hasn’t always been the case. For the first few years of their relationship, it was only Tom who was the photographer, while Kate was working as a lawyer. Yet what started as a shared passion between them has grown into a thriving art practice and ever-expanding commercial endeavour.
They have built a highly successful wedding photography company, RaspberryRobot, which allows them to support their travel adventures - and it was on one such journey that Tom fell in love with the architecture of Palm Springs, which led him to create the Midnight Modern series, which opens in Sydney this Thursday, May 26 at The Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst in Sydney.
Of all the insights into their life and process that they shared, it was the way in which they combined their strengths to maximize both of their offerings as artists that I really admired.
I was very excited to sit down and chat with Tom – and Kate to talk about sharing life, space and practice in this, The Naked Creative Show: Couples Edition, all about Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis.
Midnight Modern by Tom Blachford opens Thursday, May 26 at The Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst. More info: www.tomblachford.com or buy prints at: http://moderntimes.com.au/shop-by-local-artist/tom-blachford.
Tom refers to Ira Glass' talk on 'the gap' between the work you are making and what you now you are ultimately capable of"