We’re always getting a little bit excited about talent and creativity over here at Big Picture Stuff. So when we first encountered Natalie‘s incredible works of art, it was a bit of a party. Natalie is a Melbourne based creative who’s primary medium is photography, however, to just call her a photographer is a bit of an understatement!
A photoshop genius, a collage extradinare, Natalie produces pieces of art that carry thoughtfulness and meaning that captivates the eye and challenges the mind.
1. When did you start photography and how did you start?
I think the first time I ever really picked up a camera was during high school, where we had the opportunity of learning the ropes of the darkroom. I pretty much fell in love with photography, and the beauty of it. My first real camera was a second hand Canon DSLR that I bought off my Aunty – who was also a big influence in sparking my interest in photography. I kind of kept it as a hobby until I reached University to study Fine Art, and decided to major in Photo-media.
2. Your photographs are a mixture of Fine Art and photography, where does your inspiration come from?
My strongest influences come from the Surrealists and the Dadaists, whereby the strange, the confronting and the unknown are prevalent characteristics of the movements. My photography experiments with notions surrounding the gendered body, the human form and distortion. I draw heavily on the idea of collage and am inspired by artists including Pat Brassington, Man Ray, Hannah Höch and John Stezaker.
3. Where will we see you in a couple of year’s time?
It’s really hard to say, there are so many directions that I see my practice heading towards. There is an abundance of ideas that I want to explore in terms of my research and practice. Ultimately I want to push the boundaries and concepts of my work and see where it leads me. In the mean time, I am trying to build my practice, and enjoy working and collaborating with other artists and photographers.
4. What advice would you give aspiring photographers?
Don’t stop taking photographs and experimenting with your camera!
Thanks so much Natalie for collaborating with Big Picture Stuff and we’re excited to see more of your incredible work!
Natalie Tirant- Featured Artist
An artist based in Melbourne specialising in photography, fine art and collage, Natalie creates work that is both captivating and thought provoking. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and has had work published in publications such as NEUW in store magazine. She has also recently exhibited her first solo show at Rubicon Ari 11.