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We are really excited about the work coming from Perth based photographic artist Natalie Blom! Using digital and film cameras to experiment with light, Natalie has been able to create unique visual effects in her photography.
We were lucky enough to be able to show off some of Natalie’s work at the KickstART Youth Hub over National Youth Week and we’re thrilled that she’s working with us on our latest project MOSAIC.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Nat. I am a photographic artist who grew up in the small Wheatbelt town of Merredin and have spent my last 6 years studying and working in Perth.
How would you describe what you do?
I work in a range of areas of photography, but my love lies in documenting what I see around me, and constructing images that are unusual and interesting; whether it be for a client or for myself.
What are you working on at the moment? Do you have any upcoming projects or exhibitions?
I am working on a collaboration with an illustrator friend of mine, Natasha Muhl; on an exhibition called Nat Vs. Nat for the Fremantle Festival. It is a series of images of Natasha’s illustrations projected onto a model; was a great new challenge to shoot and am excited to get to share them with everyone.
Describe your creative process. How you come up with new ideas and concepts?
My creative process usually begins with a small idea, which then sits in the back of my mind for a while. If I keep finding myself come back to it, I know its something I need to work with. Usually while its sitting back there is collects other ideas to go with it, or expands a bit into something.
Other times not though. I once organized a shoot which was completely built around painting a big red cross on our model’s face; and the resulting images are still some of my favourites.
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I’d like to meet George Eastman; and tell him about all the amazing things that have happened in photography since he brought it out of the secluded studios and into the homes of everyday people.
What has been your career highlight so far? Have you had any unexpected, exciting or unusual requests for your work?
A highlight would probably be opening “12 Months of Separation”; a collaborative exhibition between myself and 3 of my close friends from TAFE. It was an exhibition showcasing the projects we have been working on since graduating together a year before which was held as a part of the FotoFreo 2012 Festival.
What is your ultimate career goal? Where do you hope to be in 5- 10 years time?
I would love to be making a living purely out of photography within the next few years.
What do you think should be done to better support young and emerging artists?
The main thing I feel which could be improved upon as far as support for young artists is probably stronger networking. I have always really benefited from collaborations and discussions with artists working in different disciplines then my own; so meeting and getting to check out what other people are doing is great for everyone.
Do you have any advice for other young people wanting to get involved in the arts?
Learn everything you can. Keep searching for knowledge, keep asking questions.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
Grated cheese and beetroot makes a great sandwich combination.