Drink of Water

Natalie used to be a First Assistant, Master Printer and Model for Jock Sturges

  •   $100
    | 14"x11"
      Edition of 150
  •   $250
    | 20"x16"
      Edition of 50
  •   $500
    | 24"x20"
      Edition of 25
  •   $1,000
    | 40"x30"
      Edition of 5

The prints you receive are archival, chromogenic prints on a semi-matte paper with a longevity of 100+ years under normal light conditions.

The quoted dimensions refer to the paper size, and not the size of image contained within the paper. Each image is printed with a minimum 1/4" border to allow for framing, and ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

Natalie Obermaier
Drink of Water, 2008
from the series Cloister the Mews

Many of my images are the result of just having my camera on me at the right moment. However, I work in two ways.  I either set up a shoot with a subject, or I take my camera out into the world and let the pictures reveal themselves.  I usually don't direct, other than to put the subjects into good light, and to ask them to freeze when the moment is right.  Passive directing.  Waiting for the genius in them.  Hoping that I can identify it when I see it. I like to throw myself into a group of children at play and situate myself so that they forget the camera is even there.  Because I am in essence seeking to capture aspects of myself, I am asking them to play a part for me, but I don't ask.  My request is my presence.  I wait for it to happen in front of me and silently beg that they won't turn on a smile out of sheer habit and proximity to a camera.  The Hasselblad serves me well in that respect.  The waist-level viewfinder allows constant eye contact with my subjects; because there is no camera up to my eye, they don't know to be prepared to pose.    

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