By Kathleen Messmer
Born on an American Army base in Germany, I came to the states when I was six months old and my parents were stationed back home at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, where I spent my entire childhood. Little did I know that the military lifestyle was going to become what inspired me to become an artist.
I have been a photographer for most of my life. Whether I knew it or not is another story. I picked up my first camera at the age of eight and became – much to the chagrin of my strict parents – the family voyeur. Often my dad would tell me that what I was doing was not proper behavior for a lady. I’d look around and say, “who are you talking to?” I guess you could say I was a bit of a rebel.
I shot everything and anything. If they weren’t careful, my family could be caught on camera doing something they didn’t want captured! Since then, however, I’ve reined myself in and become a bit of an artist and it’s been like magic.
More often than not, my work takes me in a direction I didn’t know I was going and inspires me to continue to create. It’s always a constant and delightful surprise…one that takes me completely outside of the strict military lifestyle I grew up with. But mostly, I believe that if you follow your passion you’ll never go wrong.
Why San Francisco
San Francisco was a whole new world to me when I first arrived. Like most people who live here, I am not a native. In spite of that, there is a never-ending stream of things to do, things to see, experiences to have… and all at my backdoor. Who wouldn’t love that?
Where else can you find me online?