I am a photographer, songwriter & performer living in New Orleans. My photographic works use a variety of mediums - lumen printing, a 19th century photo process, 35mm and digital photography - 20th and 21st century processes respectively. My photographic adventures began with 35mm film in 1999. I learned how to shoot by how to print so the two go hand in hand for me. I quickly became interested in alternative styles of printing. Years later, inspired by the need to recycle the boxes of expired photo paper tucked away in my kitchen cabinets, I began working with the lumen print process where sunlight is used to imprint the subject onto photographic paper. I hooked from the first print I made.
At the root of all of my work is my worldview. From the tiniest twig to the largest tree the natural world is a source of inspiration for me. As the world becomes more and more modernized, I often find myself in nature connecting and recognizing humankind's place in this world. With this thought in mind, I use lumen prints to create a true impression of our world, as is.
As a songwriter I write and perform songs that tell the tale of the world as I know it, creating narratives that merge my photographs and songs into a one-woman multimedia performance, the most recent being a chronicle of my Louisiana World Tour and based on my blog, "The State of My World".
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Natasha Sanchez is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Lower Garden District neighborhood.
Describe your art in three words. Makes You Think
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I love the natural beauty of New Orleans. My first lumen print collection, "Crescent City Illumenations", was created from and inspired by the dead flowers and leaves I picked up on my walks through the neighborhood. Turning them into lumen prints gives them new life. Most of my lumen prints come from found natural objects. The rich history of New Orleans and Louisiana provides much inspiration.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Taking walks to gather materials, road trips to ponder parallels.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Everyday existence. I am extremely interested in the details and aspire to magnify their importance in my work whether its a print, a photograph or a song.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Sooo many - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carol Burnett and Frank Zappa to name a few.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I'll have to take a line from one of my own songs "Concrete tables & honest conversation is all I need right now"
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Picking up random feathers and dead things from the sidewalks. if a bug is involved, i have tweezers. Buffas Bar & Restuarant on Wednesdays where I host the open mic.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Buffa's Bar & Restuarant