About

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Natalie Christensen is a photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a frequent contributor to online contemporary and fine art photography magazines, has won several regional awards and shown work in the U.S. and internationally.  Unconventionally, Natalie launched her photography career on Instagram and has nearly 30,000 followers.  In addition to pursuing her interests in art and design, Natalie has worked as a psychotherapist for over 25 years and has been particularly influenced by the work of depth psychologist, Carl Jung. This influence is evidenced in her photographs, as shadows and archetypal images are favored subjects.

statement

I live in Santa Fe New Mexico where my work is inspired by commonplace architecture and streetscapes. I shoot every day and am almost never without my camera. I don't have to go anywhere special to make my photography; instead I find my images around shopping centers, apartment complexes and office parks. I dismantle these scenes to color fields, geometry and shadow. The places I frequent for my images are probably not what people visualize when they think of the city I live in, a major tourist destination with a carefully cultivated image. I choose to shoot in locations that may be viewed as uninteresting or even visually off-putting. This is exciting and challenging for me, to “see” something hiding in plain sight. Much of my professional life has been spent as a psychotherapist, and my photography as an extension of that work. Both have called me to explore what is hidden from view, those aspects of the self or the environment that we want to turn away from or simply avoid. I suspect it is our nature to ignore what is unpleasant, but sometimes I get a glimpse of the sublime in these ordinary places. When I find it, it feels like I have discovered gold.

 

 

CV

Upcoming

Abstract Juried Group Show, H Gallery, Ventura, CA

Phifest Contemporary Photography Festival, Milan, Italy

Daylighted Digital Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

Selected for Review Santa Fe, The CENTER

Solo exhibition, First Light Gallery, Louisville, KY

Current

Shortlisted, Belfast Photo Festival, 2017

Online feature at All About Photo

Online feature at Feature Shoot

Online feature at Gooood.hk

Online feature at Ignant.com

Online feature Tagezanzieger

Online feature Archiportale.com

PAST

2017

Work x 5 Invitational Group Show  - Clark Gallery,  Lincoln, MA (March)

Juried Group Show - Onomato Kunstleverein, Dusseldorf, Germany (February). Voted the "People's Choice" winner.

This Ain't Art School Instagram Takeover

2016

The Salon Show Invitational - Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA 

Winner Santa Fe Opera/Simply Santa Fe Juried  Show - Iconik, Santa Fe, New Mexico  

Emerge Santa Fe Juried Show – David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Online feature at Feature Shoot

Online feature at Son of a Gun Magazine

Online feature at Fotopolis

Online feature Majestigal

Open Doors Gallery Instagram Takeover

Feature Shoot Instagram Takeover

Curated InvitationAL Accounts

Lens Culture

Art Photo Index

Collections

Private collection, Sydney, Australia 

Private collection, Meerbusch, Germany 

Private collection, London, England 

Private collection, Dallas, Texas 

Private collection, Nashville, Tennessee

Private collection, Louisville Kentucky

REPRESENTATION

Susan Spiritus Gallery

2070 Business Center Drive

Suite 290

Irvine, California 92612

714.754.1286

www.susanspiritusgallery.com