Photographs by Natalie Christensen that celebrate the colour and light of Santa Fe
There's a certain magic to Natalie Christensen's photographs of New Mexico. Each shot is a perfect combination of light, shadow and colour, but is minimalist in its formation, picking out the geometric shapes of Santa Fe's architecture and infrastructure.
It was six years ago that Natalie began shooting the Southwestern US state, after moving there from Kentucky where she had spent her entire life. The move was apparently coupled with a change in career, leaving behind her life as a psychotherapist. "Like many artists who come from the Southwest, I was immediately drawn to the light and the surreal qualities it creates in negative space. I began studying the colour fields, geometric shapes and juxtapositions created by the light and shadow," she explains.
"My images emphasise what is happening within the frame and invite the viewer to contemplate what is happening outside the edges but can't be seen," Natalie adds.
Her series of photographs is now available to enjoy in a new book, published by Setanta Books. 007 by Natalie Christensen is the seventh in an ongoing collaboration with Open Doors Gallery publishing the work of emerging photographers.
As you'll see from these images, handrails are a repeating subject in Natalie's work. "The simplicity of lines is so appealing to me and I am drawn to the metaphor of guidance and support," she says.
Elsewhere, Natalie has shown her work in exhibitions around the world including London, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. She was recently named one of 'Ten photographers to watch' at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. And her photographs are in the permanent collections of museums and institutions worldwide. Discover more at nataliechristensenphoto.com.