It’s not every day that we receive cryptic one line answers to our interviews, but it came as no surprise when we did; from American photographer, director and cinematographer Katai. The mysterious and unorthodox essence of his visual projects runs through his persona, and we’re able to get in to his mind, if only for just a moment.
Where are you from, and how has that influenced you creatively?
I come from all ways, always all ways.
My influences are me.
Throughout your growth, who or what has influenced your photography style?
The word influence has no meaning. I’m a tree!
Were there any prominent breakthroughs or projects that have propelled your development?
Everybody Wants It All (2013)
“The city lights illuminated through the fog and in front of me these phonky trees are just chillin”
Which of your images has the greatest impact on you personally, and why?
I was driving around San Francisco, the smoke inside my car blended into the fog outside. I wasn’t driving anywhere in particular, then I found myself standing at a cliff overlooking the ocean. The city lights illuminated through the fog and in front of me these phonky trees are just chillin. The most impactful images occur with no plan.
The idea of mystery is quite prominent in some of your work… can you talk about this exploration?
I am the mystery. Penetrating death… doing my thing.
Any last words?
Shout out to my dog Tuka.