A not-so-short history of the artist and her work.
Natalie Field was born in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1982. As an adolescent she fell in love with art; working primarily in pencil, pen and acrylic paints.
After her secondary education, Field travelled extensively through the UK, Turkey, Poland, France, Egypt and a great deal of South-East Asia. It was during this time that she fell in love with photography. “The myriad of experiences I was exposed to has left its mark on my soul. It opened my eyes to the world around me. Inspired my photography”, says Field
Field returned home to study the art of photography at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. She completed a 4 year B.Tech Photography Cum Laude in 2008. For her thesis, Field explored a narrative approach to fashion photography. She was inspired by a shift towards conceptual storytelling in the 1990’s, which explored cultural and societal themes beyond the scope of fashion: “the conscious subject of its narrative”. From this movement two opposing styles were born: snapshot (or grunge) photography, and the cinematic approach.
The body of work Field created reflected the latter. By applying techniques such as framing, sequencing, and cinematic lighting; staged events are captured as stills from a film. The body of work secured her the opportunity to exhibit at the Design Indaba as an Emerging Creative. While one of the images went on to win the title of “Image of the Year” in the Fuji Film Professional Awards.
In early 2009 Field established her company, Field Photography, focusing on fashion, beauty and other commercial avenues. In 2011 Field Photography relocated to Gauteng.
At the same time, she was invited to participate in a group exhibition at the ArtEC gallery in Port Elizabeth entitled “Now in 4 Rooms”.
“When curator Sandy Coffey first approached me for the exhibition ‘Now in Four Rooms’, she suggested the theme ’till now’. I interpreted the theme to represent the knowledge and skills I have developed in my time as a photographer and digital artist. And created a new body of work: a reflection on my process rather than the works themselves. To this purpose, I further explored my interest in photo manipulation as an art-form. Using digital technology as an essential tool in the creative process, elements from everyday scenes captured in digital photographs, scanned negatives and digitized objects have been deconstructed, to reconstruct them into new realities. The series, entitled ‘On The Other Side’ is imbued with mystical narratives drawn from lyrics, mythology and dreams.”
In 2012 Field had her first editorial published in Dossier magazine, and in 2013 her work could be seen in Sass Diva (now Zuri) stores nationwide. She became internationally published in 2015. And attended her first artist residency in 2016 at the Arteles Creative Centre in Finland, where she created her latest series “Human.Nature”.
Field is currently brand ambassador for both Photon and Vanguard, a role which has seen her move into education. Field currently offers workshops and one-on-one training sessions to other enthusiasts. She has presented workshops at several institutions, including the Nikon School and Photo & Film Expo.
Natalie Field’s limited edition works are currently represented by Phogarty.