“I can develop my creativity like never before, because here I can feel all the freedom in the world” Kate Bellm about Mallorca
The Serra de Tramontana Mountain range was the setting for our last summer editorial. A dreamy experience where the model Sabine Glud blends in with nature in its purest state. These spectacular images have been captured by Kate Bellm, the iconic photographer born in London and based in Mallorca, internationally renowned for her countless creative projects. Who is she? What inspires her? Keep reading to discover the trajectory of this enigmatic and multifaceted woman.
Kate was born and raised in London, an experience she remembers as grey, lonely and full of pressure from her surroundings. "There’s no sense of community because people are doing things all the time and nobody stops to look around," she confessed in an interview.
The first photograph she took was at the age of 12, with one of her father's old cameras. For her it was a natural, innate act. "In that moment, I became a photographer," she recalls. After completing her training in London, she continued to study photography in Paris and then lived in Berlin for 8 years, a place where she feels she managed to establish herself as an artist. Currently, she has found her refuge on the island of Mallorca, in the middle of nature, together with her husband and their son. "This is the best place for a child to grow up in," she explains.
“Photography is my natural hiding place”
Kate describes her work as psychedelic, nude and colourful. She reveals that, in the beginning, Helmut Newton and Mario Testion were her role models, but that nature is currently where she finds her greatest source of inspiration, the only place where she feels she has enough space to express herself.
In 2020, Kate published her first photobook titled Amor, which she describes as a collection of photos that speak of freedom, life on the road and spontaneous travel. It's also a dedication to her muses: "every girl, person or moment that has been completely amazing or wild in the last 10 years of my career." In this work of art, we find women bathing naked among the rocks, like true sea nymphs. "Nudity is just timeless," says Bellm. In Amor, the artist wants to represent "an otherworldly psychedelic paradise, with off-beat colorful landscapes, crazy cacti, hazy views, flickering palm trees and colossal rock shapes."
“I just want to be here"
Her latest work, La Isla, is a love letter to Mallorca and the joy of exploring new places. A tribute to a calmer, more conscious and sun-kissed life. "It's very much based on all the beauty around me, underwater things, rocks and flowers," Bellm explains.
This love for the island is not only reflected in her photographs, but is also the centre of her new big project: the opening of Hotel Corazón together with the artist and chef Magnus Reid. The name of the hotel refers to its location, in the heart of the mountainous valley, next to the Deià road. Bellm wants her hotel to become the meeting point for young artists and residents in the area who are looking for an immersive gastronomic experience. Hotel Corazón will open its doors next year in 2023.
All photographs in this article are courtesy of Kate Bellm