Katie Hayward was born and grew up in bury St. Edmunds in the county of Suffolk. She holds a BA (Hons) in Photography which she studied for at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich.
Katie works in both a documentary series format, exploring aspects of place with the aim to convey her own visual narratives, in context with her surroundings. Within this realm she looks to find a harmony between the visual aesthetic and the informative.
She also produces artworks in a singular format in the form of fine art collections which allows her to be more expressive, experimental and broad with her interpretation of what photography is as a medium and art form and to take it beyond its customary roots. Her work investigates the physicality of the landscape and the natural forms found there and experiments with its interpretation using a wide variety of photographic methods from camera-less image creation and 35mm film cameras through to large format film and full frame digital technologies.
Her practice continually evolves through an open and experimental approach, and this aids in a deeper and more intimate understanding of both her subject matter and her methods.
"You've got to push yourself harder. You've got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You've got to take the tools you have and probe deeper."
William Albert Allard
"Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world".
Her works have been widely exhibited and are regularly featured and published by multiple platforms in physical form as well as digitally. Her work has also been used in an editorial context by multiple organisations.