Today we’d like to introduce you to Katheryne Johnson.
Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
I’m Katheryne Johnson, born and raised in Wyandotte County, Kansas. I got a full-ride academic scholarship, and with the scholarship money, I bought my first camera. Nikon D3300. I started shooting with it my sophomore year, shooting covers and projects for Khorage Magazine. The first music video I did was Melanin, Poppin’ by Khrystal. I was simultaneously studying film at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
I’m currently living in Los Angeles, working on some projects, documentaries, and scripts.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The biggest struggle for me is being my critic. I didn’t like the film work I put out until we released “Badu.” Even after that, I’ve been highly critical of my work. But I knew I had to get these ideas and projects out.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do? What sets you apart from others?
I am a film director, photographer, and recently, an art curator. My favorite medium is 35mm film. I’ve been practicing it since 2016 with disposable cameras. When the pandemic hit, I bought an old film camera and learned how to develop and scan my film. I enjoy 35mm film because it’s like a gamble. You don’t know how or even if the photos you took will come out. It’s a constant learning curve, and I love the challenge. I’m proud of the art show I curated, Solace Solstice, with the beautiful artists River Mackenzie, Alisha from ADM Photography, Jessie Green, Alexis Dupree, and Casha Gloria. It was months in the making and a very challenging but humbling experience! I can’t wait to do more.
What sets me apart? Nothing, in particular, comes to mind. I’m just an artist who loves to learn and grow.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
To let go. Things are going to turn out the way they were supposed to turn out. Things are meant to happen the way its meant to happen. You’re just a tool in the process.
- Website: (Currently under construction lol)
- Instagram: @NotYoAlgorithm
All photos by Katheryne Johnson