Natalie Ord - Brief Chat
Natalie where have you travelled recently and what was your favourite image from your trip and why?
I have just returned from a 3 week trip to Japan. It was my first time to Japan and I loved it! I wasn’t sure what to expect although everyone I had ever spoken with who had been to Japan had loved it. The expectations were set high. How disappointed was I going to be?
From the moment I arrived, I loved it. The people were polite, it’s easy to get around and the food is amazing! And when I say food, I mean all of it, even the 7-Eleven meals were great (I know, I can’t believe I’m saying that but it’s true!). Turns out Japan was more than I expected. As a photographer that loves a variety of genres, I had gritty urban street photography, portrait photography, culture, architecture and nature. Plus the light in Japan is phenomenal. My favourite image is a man early one morning at Shinjuku Station riding an escalator. I watched him face the rising sun and could feel him deep in thought. For such a busy train station, that escalator was remarkably vacant.
If you could work anywhere in the world on a personal project where would it be and what would be the subject?
I’d love to go to Death Valley, California and shoot a project on the life of Death Valley- human, flora and fauna. The landscape is so harsh, stunning, diverse. Capturing the people that live and work in this extreme environment would no doubt uncover a few interesting stories!
You are forced to travel extremely light what’s your go-to camera and lens for the trip?
I took to Japan my Canon 5D MkIV, and three lenses but found myself using mostly my nifty fifty lens (Canon 50mm, f/1.8). It’s light, compact and inconspicuous which is important for street photography. Ideally, I’d have a compact mirrorless. As much as it’s great to have gear with you, carrying it around does wear thin!
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