It had been too long since I had taken my self-portraiture medicine. I was starting to get twitchy-twitchy (yes, doubly twitchy). I have been unable make space during the daylight hours to accomplish self-portraits as of late- a temporary issue, but one I needed to work around. In order to make this series of photographs, I had to break from my reliance on the sunshine. I drew from a completely different light source, a “no signal” blue light from a tv screen, quite late at night, when the house was quiet and I was able to take these moments purely for myself to create. I played with a slow shutter for these shots, because it’s fun, and well, I didn’t have light in significant quantity. I love the unpredictable and “unprecious” effects of using a slow shutter. These are far from perfect photographs and that’s what felt so great about making them. Perfection is only an illusion and so striving for it is really boring for me! This process thrills, invigorates and heals, and takes me where I am meant to go, each and every time entering with an open mind.
About the Artist:
Natalie resides in Peoria, Arizona, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. Her 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. Her work/photography has been published by Lensbaby, Beyond the Wanderlust, and has been licensed for ads by Samsung and other companies for advertisements.Her best days are filled with trying to guide and raise up 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.