• Tumblr Tuesday: Natalie O'Moore

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    This week, we're taking a look at the work of photographer Natalie O'Moore. Her dreamy film snaps show a strong attention to detail, and her self-proclaimed "superstitions about clothing and images" help give her photos a strong sense of purpose. We chatted to Natalie about who inspired her growing up, a few of her favorite photos, and her strong Blue Velvet aesthetic.

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    I grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA (reppin’ the 215). I lived in New York for four and a half years when I was at NYU, and then moved to Los Angeles after graduation. I’ve been out here for two years and have been working in photography ever since. Also, I’m a twin.

    How did you get started in photography?
    Taking snapshots on family vacations when I was younger, and then using flimsy digital cameras to document my life when I was in middle school. I studied abroad one summer in Paris and saw Richard Avedon’s "In the American West" exhibit at the Jeu de Paume and it had a huge impact on me - I knew I wanted to (try) and make images of people that were as meaningful as his.

    What subjects are you most drawn to?
    My sister and my closest friends are subjects that I find myself repeatedly documenting.

    Favorite gear?
    Mamiya 6, Pentax 6x7, and Nikon FM2. Flashlights and my light meter!

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?
    Intimacy, melancholy, mystery, and optimism.

    Does your photography style translate to your fashion at all? What is your personal clothing style like?
    Clothing has a huge role in my images - it helps define a sense of time and place. I use a lot of my own clothing in my shoots, and always have final say over the styling. My sense of style is completely intertwined with the images that I make: I will buy something, wear it, live with it and then realize that it would work perfectly in a picture that I want to create.

    I wear a lot of weird patterns and textures. I have a lot of shirts with pictures of food on them. I have a weird obsession with velvet and suede. I bought these crushed velvet leggings that I would wear almost every day, and at the same time I was beginning to make images that were dark and moody. When I showed them to my teacher he asked, “Have you ever seen Blue Velvet before?” I hadn’t heard of David Lynch at the time, but I immediately went home and watched it. I always felt that I was trying to attain the same feeling, through color and mood, that he was - and I was expressing it in my images and through my clothes.

    Can you tell us a few of your favorite Tumblrs to follow?

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?
    Going to Cape Cod with my family this summer! It has the most beautiful light, and I can’t wait for fresh water lakes, ice cream, and lobster rolls. Also going back to NYC for a month this summer…riding my bike up the West Side Highway and going out way too late with my friends!

    Favorite food: Butternut squash and ice cream. Eaten separately.
    Favorite drink: Cold brew coffee
    One band you could listen to forever: The Doors
    One place you want to go before you die: Iceland
    Favorite song: "Visions of Johanna" by Bob Dylan
    Most-worn item of clothing: A vintage Harley Davidson button up t-shirt that I bought at a thrift store in Vermont for $4.00. It looks like something that Wiley Wiggins would wear.
    Personal hero: Tracey Emin

    Can you tell us the stories behind a few of your favorite photos?

    I shot this using old expired film. Both of my cameras broke and I was super nervous about how it would turn out. I was so excited to get the negatives back and see that the sign in the background was placed perfectly: it says “Big Boys." Those happy accidents, to me, are the magic of photography.

    If you can’t tell by now, I am really superstitious about my clothes and my images. I am usually really scatterbrained when I'm putting a shoot together, but luckily my friends Leila and Allie really got my style and helped put their wardrobe together for this shoot. Only after getting the film back did I realize that the creepers and those Balenciaga boots are both my absolute favorite shoes ever…and they were absolutely perfect.

    The model (Maddie Cook) who I was shooting had no idea that I was trying to put the horns directly behind her head. She messaged me when she saw this photo saying that her favorite animal was a deer and that I had turned her in to one and she was so happy about it. Maybe we were speaking to one another through to each other through the camera!

    This is my friend (and stylist) India. We were in Joshua tree for the day and it was so, so hot. We decided to sneak into the Joshua Tree Inn to go for a swim. I knew the image that I was looking for (I call it Reverse Stephen Shore, 2015) but she had no idea. The moment made itself clear to me and I shot this one frame. Only when I scanned the image did I notice her distorted reflection in the handlebars.

    This is Pyper in my apartment in Los Angeles. She’s reading an anthology of Edgar Allen Poe. The light from the sunset was shining harsh through the windows of my apartment and it reflected the gold lining on the pages in the most beautiful way.

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