Katie Basbagill: Photographer, Explorer, High-Five Extraordinaire
I got my start in the arts when I discovered how easily red and orange crayon glided onto white walls. My dad’s band practice room was my first and favorite gallery space and my love of photography and story started shortly thereafter. I would spend countless hours turning the cellophane pages of old family photo albums and asking my mother about each photo.
As a college student, I pursued a bachelors in communications and did a lot of coursework in photography. It didn’t take me long to realize that my preferred method of creative expression was through photographs. So, in 2007, I started Bohemian Red Images to combine my love of photography, story, and life.
My photographic style has an unconventional, bohemian feel that seeks to capture and tell accurate stories about life's moments. I'd describe it as a mix of natural and fun expressions coupled with colorful and textured backgrounds and details. (The ‘Red’ in Bohemian Red Images in a reference to my hair color)
I have almost 10 years of experience documenting international human rights stories around the world and have been incredibly fortunate to partner with some top-notch organizations. I have worked on an anti-Human Trafficking project in Thailand, photographed poverty's impact in India, Haiti, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, and Nepal. My most recent endeavors took me to Nicaragua to document the inequalities of the trade system for coffee then onto India to document the injustices widow's face in rural India.
It's been an honor to join forces with numerous refugee and immigrant focused organizations based in my home town of Indianapolis, too. Through collaboration, the stories of Burmese refugees and displaced Pakistani people were independently published as photo books to raise funds and provide civic service opportunities for Indianapolis residents.
In 2013 I coordinated a large scale art installation for the Indianapolis Public Library that focused on IndyGo bus drivers which was inspired by the internationally famous Inside Out Project. Pro tip: Using wheat paste on the library will require a long series of pressure washings to remove.
While I'm not in Southern California working on a MA in Peace Studies and Conflict Analysis, applying for a grant, or working on a project with refugees, I'm likely documenting the global water crisis, which affects nearly a billion people worldwide. My focus on the global water crisis has taken me to numerous places like Colombia, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and India where I have witnessed the life change that clean water can bring to communities.
I tend to read non-fiction, love post-it notes, and I take my nail polish very seriously. I prefer my bourbon neat, my coffee black, and my music with banjos.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.