If you’re a fan of fashion magazines and inspiring imagery, then you’re going to love this week’s SF Spotlight. Kate Stein is a well travelled sole, photographer and stylist, who loves nothing more than to wander the planet and discover new things. Growing up in Cairns, the 23 year old is now working on conquering New York City, and it doing a dam good job at it. Her dreamy imagery has been published in an array of international magazines including Peppermint, Nasty, Spook and Culture. Recently Kate has been taking snaps for MTV at some of the coolest gigs in the big apple. Despite her busy schedule, Kate managed to take a New York minute to talk to us about subway style, backpacks and Bihar in India.
How many countries have you travelled to?
Probably about 15. I’ve been all throughout Europe, Asia, USA, Mexico, New Zealand. I have the travel bug!!
If you could narrow it down – what would be your top three?
India, Cambodia, Germany
Craziest travel experience?
In North India, Bihar was insane! I felt like I was an alien in another world. I love feeling like I have been transported to another dimension.
Biggest travelling mistake?
My first backpacking experience, specifically over packing!! I had a 35L backpack but stuffed it full. I felt like a turtle. I posted half of it home a week later. The more experienced I become at travelling, the less I pack. I love the freedom of having no possessions. It is a great contrast to my everyday lifestyle where I am a stylist and crazy hoarder!
How would you describe your travel style?
Third world, on a very very tight budget. I like to travel with no plan and I am notorious for never pre-booking accommodation or knowing where I will be going. It makes the experience feel like more of an open-ended adventure and that way I can have complete freedom to follow other traveller’s advice that I gain on the way.
What do you love about living in New York?
It truly is the city that never sleeps! And I love the food!! It is possible to eat amazing food from anywhere in the world at any time of night or day! I love the fact that at 3am I can sit down in a fine-dining sushi bar and not have to settle for a street kebab or night-owl cuisine. In Australia it is so hard to eat a nice meal out after 10pm.
How would you describe New York City style?
New York is eclectic. There is something for everyone because there are so many races, cultures, jobs and areas. You can be as hipster, ghetto, posh, preppy, glam, gangster, hobo and smart as you like. It really depends where you are hanging out. Go to Soho and everyone looks a million dollars. Go to Williamsburg and you fall down an Indie rabbit hole. Then go to Harlem and you see some amazing street style and culture too. Riding the subway you see it all.
What other places have you found most inspiring style wise?
I am always inspired by cultures completely foreign to me. Ancient cultures are really interesting and I love traditional crafts. South East Asia and India have deeply influenced the work I love and the work I am inspired to produce.
Where are you planning to travel next?
At the end of the year I am planning to go to Bhuj in India and then further on to cross the border into Pakistan and then Iran. I can’t wait to have just a little backpack and no plans to unwind after a super hectic year moving to NYC.