Creative Inspirations: Natalie Fobes, Photographer
This installment in the lynda.com Creative Inspirations documentary series introduces the diverse talents of one of the world's great award-winning journalistic photographers, Natalie Fobes. Whether on a fishing boat in the Bering Sea facing frigid cold and 40-foot waves, or capturing a bride and groom moments before I do, Natalie uses her innate storytelling abilities to capture a moment forever. Her instinctive ability to compel her lens to speak so eloquently has garnered her over 200 awards, numerous fellowships, and a finalist spot for a Pulitzer.
Natalie is a mother, teacher, and writer, and is constantly seeking her next creative outlet. From her beautiful home overlooking the Puget Sound to a spectacular nature shoot in the Olympic National Forest, Natalie shares her journey with us through memorable stories and unforgettable images. Watch how she has both braved the elements to get the best shot, and reinvented herself to adapt to the shifting sands of her profession.
(Music playing.) Natalie Fobes: The great thing about the newspapers that I worked for, both newspapers had a healthy respect for photographers as journalists. If we had a story idea, we would pitch it. Instead of fighting the light, I am going to work with the light. What I am looking at is there is kind of a cool thing happening with that shadow behind him on the wall. What I really wanted to do was to write a love letter to the people of Alaska, who had really gone out of their way to take me under their wing.
I mean, I kind of laugh and say that my career is built on the kindness of strangers. I started working at Seattle Central three years ago. They all have personal projects that they feel are very important for people to understand, and it's great that every week I come here, and I am reminded that that is why I got into photography - to do good things with my photographs, to make a difference in this world. So I went downstairs, I packed all the film that I had, I packed my cameras and I was on the next flight out.
I arrived there the day after the spill, and already the town was in chaos. And I find that with my wedding photography, it's still a story. In one day, I have a chance to get all the photographs that I need. It's a challenge, and it's very creative. I am in a different space in my life. I love seeing my daughters come home from school. I love going to their soccer games. I am always up for adventure, definitely, but I am enjoying where I am right now, a lot.
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