Gunslinger, Gunslinger

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NEW Journal Entry

Rosalyn’s soft voice sung like a song in the walls of the dwelling. She spoke of her husband’s father as the medicine man and told stories of her youngest daughter as a blessing after her father’s rigid death. Her graceful presence and feminine nature felt safe, like home. Your can see the memories etched in her emerald eyes. You can feel the love for her people and the fear of what a future might look like if the true Navajo identity is lost. 

Sipping black tea by the stove, we sat through loads of albums. We come across one particular image that immediately struck us. 

“Is that John Wayne?”,  we ask.

“Yes, and that’s little-o-me!”, Rosalyn says under muffled laughter.

The picture is of John Wayne in his usual cowboy hat holding a baby before the three major rock formations of Monument Valley, the baby was Rosalyn just shy of three years old. All scratched up with grain and light leaks from the film camera...

NEW story on my website. This above is an excerpt from one of the journal entries, link here to read the whole story: 

http://www.natalieallen.co/journal#/gunslinger/ 

Film Series: Vol. 5

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Sha La La La, Man

Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Canada, Washington, Oregon. 

 I've been traveling so much this summer and my heart couldn't be any more full. From Iceland, to Africa, to my giant road trip through the USA and Canada, to photographing a wedding in Washington, to Portland, to Texas, and Tennessee... 

I think I'd shoot film full-time if it weren't so damn expensive. I'll be traveling through Europe for a couple of weeks next month with my best travel gal, Eunice, and I think I'll be shooting primarily film while I'm there -- with an exception of video, of course. I'm really getting the hang of it, my latest roll proves just how gorgeous the colors of the Kodak Porta can be.

Come to think of it -- most of my favorite photographers primarily shoot film. I hold a weird desire to constantly fuel my chronic nostalgia -- film does the trick. The natural grain, contrasted shadows, and an organic preset that begs an image to rest in its authenticity.

It's interesting. After years of gawking at my favorite photographs and studying the work of my favorite photographers -- it's all film. I find the deepest of inspiration and feeling from such analog creations. I want to start transitioning my personal work to film full-time. Clients; if you're interested in have some film work done... let me know.  I want a change.

Here is a list of some of my favorite film photographers:

-Nuria Val

-Alec McKeand

-Kristen Blanton x Matt Jozwiak

-Molly Steele

-Joe Greer

-Kevin Russ

-Emily Knecht

Summer Nights

A Desert Oasis, Waterhole, and Burnt Marshmallows

People often complain about how Arizona is too "lame" or "boring" or "ugly". Like, excuse me? Not only are those words personally offensive to me since this state is my home and I'll defend it to my grave, but such negative accusations are simply not true. Look at this place. It's MAGIC. Arizona is rich with cultural landmarks and saturated beyond belief with exquisite surprises, such as this oasis located quite literally in the middle of nowhere.

Being a photographer means having the chance to explore areas around my home that would be cool for shoots. I've been in contact with some super kick-ass brands lately that have been dying to get a feel for the desert's tasteful beauty. Naturally, I explore uncharted areas of the Salt River, swashbuckle through the Verde Creek, and hunt for waterfalls. Instead of hiring models with zero outdoor experience -- I gather my best friends and set out on the road hunting for the best spots at sunset. These are the moments I live for. Work days like these are what me so excited to get up in the morning. 

I LOVE THIS PLACE.

Featuring Compas Life and Keep it Wild and Arizona Hiker's Guide.