These self-portraits were taken July 2, 2020. I had an idea to place my wide angle lens face down on the glass dining room table…in looking for props in the closet here, I came across my wedding dress (2005). There’s an old antique wall clock here, which I’ve used in my work before, that has a special family history. the glass face of it came off a few months back and was just laying on the table beside the glass dining room table. All these pieces came together, and the next day I realized the symbolism and what it all means to me. I am torn with trying to redo them to avoid the camera shadow ‘stache (on image below) but perhaps that is also part of my story here…and if I’m going to have a shadow style ‘stache… I am okay with it being camera shaped!
Natalie’s artistic journey has taken many twists and turns but photography and writing have become the primary outlets for her artistic expression. She is an artist at Offset.com, Lensdrop and Adobe. Her photography has been published multiple times by National Geographic Your Shot and she was named their artist of the week. She has written photography blogs/given interviews about her work by Shutterstock, Lensbaby,Shoutout Arizona, Voyage Phoneix, and Beyond the Wanderlust. Natalie’s photography has been licensed for ads by Samsung and other companies for advertisements. She currently has self-portrait work on display at the renowned Herberger Theater, which will soon be moved and shown at the Arizona State Capitol Museum. Her work will be in upcoming shows at Shaneland Arts Gallery in downtown Phoenix and the Desert Foothills Library. Her best days are filled with loving and guiding her offspring and pups, music, reading, creating photographs and writings, hiking, yoga, cooking, and sky-gazing. In the social media world, she can be found on Instagram @natalie_a_wheeler, and as a moderator for @theechoesinside, a hub for self-portraiture. She also loves shooting 35mm film, which can be seen here on blogs and at @natalie_films on the Gram.