PATTA Q&A: LOTTE VAN RAALTE

In line with her latest editorial for the Patta special with Office magazine (you can find the article HERE), we had a little chat with Lotte van Raalte about who she is and what keeps her going.

Who are you, and where are you from?
I'm Lotte van Raalte, 28 years old. I was born in the Hague and studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts. I'm currently living in Amsterdam and traveling around the world.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
Mainly work. I spend a lot of time on personal projects and traveling. When I'm in Amsterdam, I'm mostly editing, selecting and planning new projects. I've just printed a paper publication with selected images from my portfolio. Right now I'm planning my next trip to NYC.

When and how did you get into photography?
It happened sort of by coincidence. After getting my VWO diploma, I decided to take a gap year to figure out what I wanted to study. In addition to a course for theaterschool, I started a drawing / painting and photography course at the Royal Academy of Arts. I never thought I could go to an art academy, but soon realized that I could express myself very well through the medium of photography. I decided to apply for a study at Rietveld, Willem de Kooning and KABK. I was greatly surprised to be accepted by all three academies. I decided to let go of my dream of becoming an actress, and started photography at the KABK in 2007.

What was the first camera you bought?
I believe it was a Nikon D40x. A few years later I switched to a Canon 5D Mark II.

Who and what really inspires you and your work?
People and traveling. While traveling, all my senses are stimulated. I usually travel alone, therefore I'm much more focused and I get closer or better contact with the people in the foreign country. I love to immerse myself into a different culture, but to be honest, there's plenty of interesting things and people closer to home. That's also why I started my youth project at the beginning of this year. To see if I could get myself into a subculture here in Amsterdam, and keep myself focused for a longer amount of time staying here instead of an exotic country far away from home.

What inspired your editorial for the Patta piece in Office Magazine?
Like I wrote in my previous answer, I wanted to work on something closer to home for a longer period. When I left a clothing store at the Zeedijk, I ran into Julius. A 15-year-old boy looking completely styled, wearing lots of different brands. I got in contact with him and some of his friends, and started to document them. Soon it became a project about youth culture, social media, dress codes etc.
When Gee and Vincent saw these images, we found a clear link and decided to combine part of this project and the story for Office magazine. For a lot of these kids or young adults, clothing is very important to them and Patta in particular.

What is your favourite visual at the moment and why?
I'm watching a lot of music videos and short movies, because I'm slowly moving into moving images too. One of the most inspiring videos from 2017 is still The Blaze Project - Territory.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others? (include link if possible)
Dave Buddha & the Slenderbodies:

What is your favourite travel destination?
Of all the countries I have travelled to, I've felt most at home in Capetown, Indonesia, Nepal and Mexico. I'm going to Japan in November for the first time, so hopefully I'll add this to my favorites list very soon.