Me and My Camera

 
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When I was two, my parents found me under our dining room table taking apart their Canon with a screwdriver.

I wanted to understand how memories got in the camera.  

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When I was six my parents gave me my own 110 film camera. I did all kinds of chores to earn money for the one-time flash bulbs that went with it.

Here I am in a shot I set up and asked my mom to capture. 

Here I am at 7, my first self-portrait totally by accident.

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Here's a glimpse into my early 90's editorial aesthetic, as modeled on my sister Joannah. She's my original muse. 

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In highschool I always had a disposable Fujifilm camera in my purse. I’d sneak it out and catch the nuances that so endeared my friends and family to me.

Here's a look inside my highschool scrapbook. I posed my mother, sister, and self in the shadows.

An early look into my love of baroque styling.  

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I borrowed a camera from a friend and took Photography 101 my Sophomore year of college. It quickly became my singular focus.

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Junior year I switched majors from Philosophy to Art.

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I had always loved studying art, but what I learned studying philosophy helped me go deeper into the subtext of what I was now learning.

My professors impressed upon me that I was attempting to enter a conversation that started with cave paintings and continued through all civilization.

That brought a seriousness to what I was doing that I haven’t taken for granted.

I’m so inspired by artists like Diego Velazquez and Claude Monet who fundamentally changed the way we see light and color.   

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Around this time I also started being asked to do paid shoots. I was showing people portraits where they could not only recognize who they were, but they also saw what they liked about themselves.

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I graduated from Covenant College in 2007 with a BA in Art concentrating in Photography.

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Since then I’ve worn through several cameras and continued to work diligently to master my craft and create photographs that reveal the nuances of who you are, what you you do, and who you love.

 
 
MineNatalie Lodico