Kate and Craig

Kate and Craig have been best friends and partners for the past 30 years. They met in Boise, Idaho at University in a British literature class, but had been admiring each other from a distance for a year before that. Their first date lasted two weeks and ended when they decided to move in with each other. Over the past 30 years, they’ve been in the Peace Corps, lived in 7 different countries, had two children, and have collaborated on many writing projects together.


Photo Series

Kate and Craig’s photo series is dedicated to the warm and welcoming energy they have fostered in their relationship. One thing they are known for in their friend group is hosting large gatherings with an abundance of good food, loud music, and interesting people. Between midweek dinners and holiday feasts, their shared meals are always extravagant and fun. The photo series makes use of a rough-hewn serving bowl that Kate gifted to Craig in Eritrea. The warmth, elegance, and vibrance of their bond has been distilled into the following photos.


“The very briefest answer is we met at University. In our origin stories that we tell, we both include that we saw and clocked each other before we actually met. I had a great awareness of Craig Redmond in the world and was always hoping to see him. Then we had a class together, and that took some time—it was one of those big stadium classes—before we were actually sitting together. When we were finally sitting by each other, we began writing notes. By then, it was over. It was done.”


“When that class was over, we went away for Christmas break, and I thought about her all the time. When we came back, we had an Irish literature class together, but we didn’t know it. We ran into each other's arms, and then she asked me on a date. She said, “come over to my house for dinner”.
Our first date lasted for about two weeks.”CRAIG REDMOND, JANUARY 2020

“In some ways, we raised each other because we came into adulthood with this intensely attached commitment to one another and to a way of living. We remade ourselves as a couple into the people we wanted to be. We wanted to be people that lived out in the world and spoke languages. Not visited it, but lived in. Not tourists, particularly, but residents.”

“There’s a part of the ex-pat world, as we experienced it, where the people that you come to love and spend time with, become your family. They feel like the important people that love your children and are with you through hardships and great celebrations. So you gather, often, in large groups, with your people. It did feel like a value, to be people who have a welcoming home and people who gather with others, let’s have that.”