In 2001, VelvetPark magazine wrote that Käla’s black and white portraits “are spontaneous, yet capture a unique sense of conflict, a stark reality about her subject. She captures on film what Jungians refer to as the ‘shadow.’ She has an uncanny ability, in her photos, to bring to life the repressed, darker, and hidden side of a person’s nature. She is able to illuminate something about the person’s being which may make her audience, and her subject, feel less than comfortable.”
She began her own photography business providing for local musicians and performing artists, most of which were women. Remaining part of the avant garde scene meant being a starving artist so she also worked for established commercial photographers to support her photography in the early days. During that time, she went back to school at New York’s School of Visual Arts and became a Teacher Assistant for black and white darkroom students at the International Center of Photography.
Käla’s first photography book UNDERGROUND was published in the Fall of 2011. After going back to school, Käla began writing her first novella, FICTION STORY, which was published in the Spring of 2010. In 2012, Mandrake directed and edited WURTSBORO, a short film inspired by FICTION STORY. Her next book is a compilation of short stories entitled, MANHATTAN: SHORT STORIES, TALL TALES. It is due to be released in the Fall of 2014.