“Smack of Editor Flare for Photojournalism”
The Midland Artists Guild would like to present the new “Artist of the Month” for February 2018. The selection is Natalie Lodicobond of Midland, MI. The artist of the month is a full-time freelance photographer with an astounding body of artistic images working in the location of Midland. Most of her work covers in the Tri-city area for newspapers, on-line marketing and portraits that are “introspective, raw and intimate”.
Natalie earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia with a concentration in Photography. She originally started with a major in philosophy and wanted to be a writer. After one class of Photography 101 she “took the plunge…it was like everything I’d ever done made sense”. The photo professor challenged and critiqued her harshly at the beginning and then he praised her for her gifts of artistic vision. At that time, she also earned money shooting photos on the side.
With a regular tendency and practice of creative skills, her imagination started at a very young age. At the toddler age of 2 she was drawing, making stories and curious enough to use a screwdriver to open her parents camera. At six, after years of begging from her parents, they bought her own 110 film camera. Taking family trips in her early adulthood were more about taking pictures then the journey to California. She was prepared with 5 rolls of film and the permission to borrow her parents 35 film camera.
“Anytime someone looks me in the eye and says they hate having their photo taken, and I manage to get them to relax, and they end up having fun and loving their photos. Nothing beats that. I live for it.”
On dual sides to getting herself into the art world, she has the incredibly tenacious attitude and tenderness about the subject matter. In public she is welcoming, warm and gregarious with people and in private she is sequestered in her work and process.
In her heart after a compliment, she has a “sense of rest, like what I am pouring my everything into is being seen. Like I can stop what I’m working on in my mind for a moment and just enjoy breathing for a second.”
She learned about the Midland Artists Guild in high school with a trip to the Northwood gallery. Being a part of the Midland’s artistic community, she is excited to shoot and gets excited about what is next. Her future in the photography within the Midland community is why the Midland Artists Guild wants to congratulate her for her genuine time and artistic effort.