The deeper I delve into the query of my own humanity, the more I discover about the natural world.

Everything connected
Particles of light
Iridescent patterns
Our human lives
But a fleeting performance
In this cosmic dance

Natural history inspired conceptual portraiture anatomical figure captured with double exposure photographic technique by Johannesburg photographer Natalie Field at the Photo & Film Expo 2017

Natural History Conceptual Portraiture

These still lifes inspired by anatomy and botany were created as illustrations accompanying the workshop Experiment/Play/Create. This event was hosted as part of the annual PHOTO & FILM EXPO in Johannesburg, South Africa. Creating the series in front of a live audience while demonstrating in-camera techniques was rather daunting! But the curious crowd inspired me to play a little more and push a little further, allowing me to put together this story inspired by Natural History.

Sharing my passion for how one can build onto a scene using creative in-camera techniques, we played with slow-sync flash, multiple exposures and coloured gels to build the narrative. Although I am always an advocate for teamwork, the focus of this project was instead based on simplicity. It removes any excuses for procrastination, and encourages the creator to act on inspiration when it strikes.

Natural history inspired conceptual portraiture with girl figure holding warthog skull by Johannesburg photographer Natalie Field at the Photo & Film Expo 2017

Natural history inspired conceptual portraiture with veiled figure amongst eucalyptus branches captured with double exposure photographic technique by Johannesburg photographer Natalie Field at the Photo & Film Expo 2017
Natural history inspired conceptual portraiture of female figure holding purple flowers captured by Johannesburg photographer Natalie Field at the Photo & Film Expo 2017

Natural history inspired conceptual portraiture with hand's holding flowers against lace captured by Johannesburg photographer Natalie Field at the Photo & Film Expo 2017

Muse | Melissa Field
Groupies | Corinna Tannian and Deirdre Fanner
BTS | Corinna Tannian
Special Thanks | Photo & Film Expo | Nikon | Vanguard | Photon

Behind the scenes at the natural history inspired conceptual portraiture shoot "Particles of Light" created by Natalie feild at the Photo & Film Expo 2017Behind the scenes at the natural history inspired conceptual portraiture shoot "Particles of Light" created by Natalie feild at the Photo & Film Expo 2017 with Vanguard and Nikon Behind the scenes at the natural history inspired conceptual portraiture shoot "Particles of Light" created by Natalie feild at the Photo & Film Expo 2017 with Vanguard and Nikon Behind the scenes at the natural history inspired conceptual portraiture shoot "Particles of Light" created by Natalie feild at the Photo & Film Expo 2017 with Vanguard and Nikon

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