Instead of waiting to just capture moments, photographer Kat Alyst creates a world of her own and takes audiences down what’s in her mind through her work. Kat’s creative direction diverts from the ordinary. Her ability to portray metaphors in abstract scenarios have compelled viewers to reflect what seems like “oddly familiar” representations of themselves.
Kat Alyst settles for nothing but the best in her photography and direction. This particular perfectionist trait encourages models and artists she works with to push themselves to new limits. Although dubbed as one of the most promising photographers of her generation, Kat’s journey to her success wasn’t easy.
“I didn’t come from money to get the photography setup I desired when first starting out,” she recalls. Nonetheless, driven by the passion for standing outside of mediocracy, Kat Alyst became innovative in carrying her vision to life. She used unconventional photography materials and managed to produce stunning photographs. Kat believes that her challenging upbringing and values are the dividing factors that set her apart from the rest of the pack.
Kat Alyst depended on scholarships before entirely pursuing photography. Later on, she earned her bachelor’s in fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Upon graduating, Kat focused on the path of digital media and photography. Her passion grew over the years, and it blossomed into the unique perspective she has with the world today.
She cleverly utilizes texture, colors, and surrealism to portray a story. Kat Alyst often works with models from social media or through “serendipitous convergence.” With her direction, models communicate a message through their eyes and body language. The results are photographs that invite audiences into the fictional world Kat created.
Kat Alyst has been featured in prominent digital and print publications, including Institute Magazine, Beautiful Decay Magazine, ART+DESIGN Magazine, Dark Beauty Magazine, Italian Vogue, Picton Magazine, and LYUN Magazine. Her work has also graced the pages of Beautymute Magazine, GMARO Magazine, Féroce Magazine, MOEVIR Magazine, and many other art platforms worldwide.
Simultaneously, Kat Alyst has showcased her works across the Los Angeles, Austin, and New York art communities, not only in photography but also in graphic design. She also uses her talents to create graphic design projects for non-profit organizations as a way of paying her success forward. In her international travels, Kat has highlighted her distinct view of the world through her editorial work.
“From a very early age, I always just knew I wanted to take a less traditional path,” said Kat Alyst. The photographer is among the few people who bravely leaped outside of society’s comfort zone and right over the white picket fence… into her own destiny. Her journey as an artist was not always easy, but as Kat would put it, the path was worth taking. “I knew I wanted to share what was in my mind with others. I wanted to travel and work with strangers, hear their stories, and just create,” Kat said.
Asked what’s next in her creative journey, Kat Alyst answered that she envisions opening a photo studio, have at least one solo gallery show, and continue building a network with other artists in her field. She also plans on diversifying her messages by enhancing messages of equality, political matters, and advocating for principles that would challenge the status quo to become more humane. “The industry is changing, and it’s about time,” she says.
Kat Alyst believes that there’s so much left to do with photography for her chosen medium, and she aims to continue the course she has taken. As an artist, Kat urges others to leave a lasting legacy by staying authentic and living life according to their truth.