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, and is not just a photographer, he is additionally an academic. Roland has a love of research, reading and thesis writing. During his time at Derby University, he studied for a fine arts photography degree, after which he went on to read for a BA in commercial photography. He found he was riveted by the history of art, and started to research deeper into the essence of art and what is art?

Art History

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.” Roland’s last thesis is 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 academic thesis writer, Photographer, research, reading and thesis writing

Roland Keates Academic

Blog Writing

During this time, he had started to write blogs on his website

His first ever blog was about the life of Caravaggio which was written February 12th2012. 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, filmmakers and photographers.

If Roland read about an artist from a publication, he wrote about it. In total, he has 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 another thesis on the “Depiction of Women in Harem Paintings, by Middle Eastern and Western Artist.” This will demonstrate how diverse culture and thinking can command the subjective interpretation of a painting, depicting a mysterious subject, and how it influences outsiders’ interests.

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

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