An intimate portrait of life.
Telling stories through pictures and sharing them with the world.
I am an artist/ photographer living and working in Colombia. I create stories via pictures and share them with the world.
My work engages the sense of interactions between people and their environments. By presenting an intimate portrait of life my photographs are often described as intuitive, and poetic, meaning having an imaginative or sensitively emotional style of expression. My work uncovers those small, innate and imagined details of life which are easily overlooked, absorbing a deeper and closer perspective, demonstrating a deep human connection.
When making my work I try to soak up specific feelings and emotions, all subjective interpretations of a reality which does not ever exist. I hope to take viewers to places they may never have access to, and to encounter people they will probably never meet, I explore landscapes in the moonlight, in the rain, at dawn. I detect subtle changes. What I see today no longer exists tomorrow.
Natasha Johl is a British freelance photographer who has been living and working in Colombia for over seven years. In 2015 Natasha graduated in photography from the University of Hertfordshire.
An experienced advertising executive, Natasha has worked in the creative industries for over 15 years. An artist at her core, she now dedicates the majority of her time to the art of photography, whether it be taking and editing photos, curating exhibitions or leading and mentoring photography projects for charities.
Most recently Natasha was specifically chosen by the Arhuaco group in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia to document the process of the mochila, a national emblem in Colombia. This 3 year in-depth project showcases the fascinating and intricately profound making of the mochila and other intricacies of daily Arhuaco life.
Part of this work was published in MIPJ 2016 Indigenous Edition. A full book is currently in the making.
Leading the creative direction as curator and mentor in PhotoVoice project ‘Mi Barrio’, Natasha’s work was featured in the national press El Tiempo and El Universal. This project, for the charity Afro Caribe in Cartagena de la Indias, contributed to building five libraries in deprived areas in Cartagena.
In Colombia Natasha has worked for many charities including Mision Gaia, La Vecina as well as Inti Warri Assi in Bolivia. In 2010 Natasha founded Capture Cure an initiative to raise money for Breast Cancer Care via art and photography.
Natasha has worked with famous street artists FinDac and Skore, as well as musicians Lee Scratch Perry, Four Tet, Kelpe, Emperor Machine and Padded Cell. In 2015 Natasha assisted NME music photographer Lawrence Watson. Natasha has exhibited in London, Cartagena de Indias and Buenos Aires.
Photography, Styling and Art Direction
Santa Marta, Colombia