Patrick Kolts, Brooklyn

I’m not a journalist nor am I a sociologist, and although I excelled in both classes which I reluctantly enrolled for in college and later uncovered they weren’t even required, I can tell you without question that I am deeply interested in learning about people. At best, I would say I’m a simply a storyteller who through powerful tools like photography likes to share with you about places I’ve visited, people I’ve met and recount enthusiastically what the experience was like through images and brief commentary.

If there’s anything having worked in the retail industry for 10+ years has taught me is that you don’t linger very long in that line of work solely for the merchandise discount. You might spend more time folding other people’s clothes and counting other people’s money more than you do yours but at the end of the day, there’s an implicit assumption that you’re there not only because you need a job that pays the bills but because you genuinely care for dealing and connecting with people which is the case with me.

As it’s typically the occurrence, I recently reached out to a local Brooklyn photographer upon stumbling across his remarkable documentary work, particularly the Coffee Plantation assignment which he was flown down to São Paulo to document the plight of coffee growers. Patrick Kolts work also includes fashion, portraits and documentary. After spending 3 months in Kenya, he is focusing more time towards non-profit documentary work. He takes every opportunity to travel and has been on photo shoots across the US, Canada, Europe, China, Middle East, Africa.

He’s roughly 6 feet tall and with plenty of small town charm. We recently met up somewhere in Brooklyn to chatter about living in this sought-after neighborhood, about what life of freelancer really entails and looks like day to day, about what he hopes to achieve with his photography rather than just do it because it pays the bills and even about having become a Suggested User on Instagram and in what a remarkable service it's graduated to be because if I recall correctly that’s how I initially came across Patrick’s images. The rest is history.