Transfigure Photography ethos is to find the converging line between the world of film, fine art and commercial photography and bound all those agents together to cook up a dream and add it to a reality. I work with an idea, visualise it and create it. Transfigure Photography says as much about me than the name denotes. I have metamorphosed myself from a snapshot photographer to a professional photographer, photographing many different subjects, from seascapes, portraiture, to monster dump trucks.

Photography for me is walking hand in hand with film making, converging the demand for creative exploration and pushing the boundaries in liberating client’s realities to give their photo shoot a new perspective digitally.

I just don’t use my camera to take photographs I work, blend and arouse, still and moving images.

I'm available for commissioned work.

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Roland Keates, the owner of Transfigure Photography, is also an academic, who has a love of research, reading and academic writing. During Roland time at Derby University, studying for a fine art photography degree and a BA in commercial photography he found a love of art and started to research deeper into the essence of art and what is art?

After his studies in photography he enrolled on an art history course at Nottingham University and wrote a thesis on “The Head of Medusa in Paintings and Symbols” “Forget Me Not – The Use of Real and Fake Photographs in Victorian Mourning Practices” and my last thesis on “The battle of the Painting of Judith and Holofernes – Caravaggio vs. Gentileschi. Unfortunately Roland was unable to finish his studies due to the ever-growing expense of University fees.

Roland Keates

Roland Keates


During this time, he had started to write blogs on his website and his first ever blog was about the life of Caravaggio which was written February 12th 2012. This blog looked at Caravaggio early life and his realism of religious figures bordering on early naturalism, as well as the choices of love interest models from the poorer communities. From this moment, of writing the blog, he was hooked on research and flowed between different artists, film makers and photographers.

If he read about an artist from a publication, he wrote about it. In total he has have written over 150 blogs with a total readership in excess over 1,368,592 according to the last statistical report.

At the present time Roland is researching into writing another thesis on the “Depiction of Women in Harem Paintings, by Middle Eastern and Western Artist.” This will demonstrate how culture, and thinking will command how subjectively a painting of a mysterious subject can influence outsiders’ interests.

Roland has just finished a thesis on Derbyshire dry stone walls, which will be uploaded to his academia pages in the forth coming months. He continues to write on the subject and has just had an article published in Derbyshire Life Magazine Read the text