Natalie Heller, award-winning photographer, SW Colorado. Courtesy image.
By Kathryn R. Burke, Publisher, San Juan Publishing], Vice President, MCA
Natalie Heller’s solo exhibit portrays her fascination of the “old west” from the perspective of a midwesterner. An experienced and award-winning photographer, now, she’s living her dream, immersing herself in western lifestyle and scenic vistas as she views both through the lens of her camera.
“I’ve always been in love with horses and the American West having grown up on western film —all of us photography “boomers” seem to be saying that these days). So it’s thrilling to have achieved the good fortune to photograph some of our local ranch life. My favorite photo shoots are being out on the ranches, absorbing every detail of work during branding season. The dust, the smoke, the smell of leather and the scent of sweat on the horses. I find myself leaning in to take the tight shots that convey the details in the chaps and spurs, their creases and textures, well-worn leather or a weathered face. With tight shots, the viewer’s eye is drawn to the details that typically may go unnoticed. Achieving in the printed image, what I saw through the lens, is greatly rewarding to me. ”