#TPBTH Meet: Kate Daughtry
Name, craft/industry/blog/passion, most popular handle/website:
Kate Daughtry, Art/Photography, Instagram: @charlestontexture
How did you get started?
I had just moved to Charleston and was working downtown. Having not visited Charleston much before moving here, I started getting to know the city through long walks on my lunch breaks. Basically, I would get lost and give myself an hour to get back.
What or who influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
Ever since I was little, I have always been involved in the arts, which teaches you how to look at things a little differently. On my first ever photography shoot as an art director in advertising, I was able to work with an amazing photographer, Harry DeZitter. He quoted Henry David Thoreau, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” and I’ve held onto that ever since.
Why do you love your job?
I love that it’s my creative outlet. I can look at the same thing that everyone else may be looking at, but by adding my caption to it becomes personal. It is also a reminder about how much I love where I live and to slow down and take a look around.
What inspires you?
People who tag me in photos of their own texture shots, as well as seeing other people taking similar pictures in various cities around the world. The most inspiring thing that has happened to me since starting Charleston Texture was when a 7th grade art teacher, who followed me on Instagram, assigned her class a project to pick one of my photos and paint it. It was a complete surprise and such an amazing moment to think about how my art inspired their art, and how they took what I had created and made it their own.
5 words that describe who you are:
Curious, Strong, Outgoing, Genuine, Optimistic
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an animator for Disney.
A “job” that would combine my love of rescue animals and the arts. I’m still trying to figure that out.
3 things you aspire to be or do:
- Keep Dreaming 2. Keep Learning 3. Keep Growing
(Fill in the blank) I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______.
I appreciate the friends and family in my life, because of their support.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
Not everything is going to happen when you want it to. Timing is everything.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
Start small and be patient.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
I’m from Rhode Island originally, which is where I guess my love of old buildings and city texture came from. I personally feel that there’s a lot of similarity between the look and feel of Providence and Charleston. And of course living near water makes me feel right at home.
Favorite food: Pickles and Hot Sauce (condiments are everything!)
Favorite drink: LaCroix and Red Wine (sometimes at the same time)
Favorite song: This is an impossible question for me. Depends on the time of day or mood I’m in. Although, “Jolene” by Ray Lamontagne will never get old.
Favorite quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” by Henry David Thoreau