Hello there! I’m Natalie Allen. A 21 year old photographer, yoga teacher, coffee/tea extraordinaire, film buff, and world conqueror. Currently residing in the sunny state of Arizona with two bachelor degrees on Global Studies + Anthropology at ASU. Constantly surrounded by good company and the smell of the desert floor — life is good. Forever pained with curiosity from a terrible case of wanderlust. I hope to travel the world and take an endless amount of photographs.
My photographic work is an eloquent representation of my love for life and people. I aim to capture raw moments, candid laughs, and stories to look back on. Inspired by my style icon, Wes Anderson, I aim for each shoot to embody a central theme or color palette that might evoke a certain feeling or memory.
PWB asked Natalie a couple of questions about her upcoming project with Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET).
What makes you passionate about helping CWET?
I'm incredibly passionate about the environment and its impact on human beings throughout the globe. Holding the unique opportunity to photograph for CWET enables me to lend a helping hand in the aide of providing conservation efforts to local school children in the area of South Luangwa, Zambia. With grand excitement, it gives me great pleasure to be working with an organization who relentlessly shows valiant efforts to our Earth's youth!
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
As a photographer, I use my camera as a tool of exploration, a passport to inner sanctums, and an instrument for change. Images are living proof that photographic art matters now more than ever before. I hold that ability to influence thousands of communities across the globe with just one click of a button. That's HUGE! Modern visual communication fosters an exciting and meaningful way to create social change. Those who take photos while participating abroad have an ethical responsibility to preserve the dignity of their subjects and provide a faithful visual depiction of their surroundings.
What message would you like to tell your supporters?
The message I aim to send to supporters of CWET is to raise awareness of the increasing power of the human connection to our surrounding environments. I hope to inspire a burgeoning nationwide movement to reconnect children with the outdoors.
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