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Natalie Faye by Natalie Faye on Oct. 18, 2020

Throughout literature we encounter the archetype of The Wanderer, who roams both the real world and his own psychological landscape, driven by a longing for something she can’t quite define. I deeply relate to this character; I am familiar with that small disquiet that haunts the very back of the mind; the longing for some intangible thing that in turns paralyzes me and then pulls me forward. Somewhere in these quiet shadowy halls lies both our deepest fears and our deepest intuition. And both often lie beyond the reassuring reach of language to define them. 

I shot this series some years ago as a collaboration with an artist friend on the grounds of Fort MacArthur, a former WW1/WW2 military base that is perched along the coastline south of L.A. The network of abandoned batteries, bunkers and housing rows were surreal and unsettling and they captured my imagination. 

I have recently revisited the series as it takes on new meaning in our current times. As the physical world around each of us has literally narrowed during lockdown, we've been forced to face our inner world in a way that is challenging many of us deeply.  Yet we are also beginning to see the evidence that this uncomfortable slog through our restlessness and anxiety can serve as a wellspring of creativity and change, both in our personal lives and in our collective world.  As we ride the razor’s edge of fear and intuition, of waiting and urgency, the veil between our psyches and the physical world seems thinner than ever.

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Natalie FayeNatalie is a photographer/director/filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A natural storyteller at heart, she leverages her curiosity and sense of adventure to elevate a brand’s story and to bring people to life in front of her camera. She loves collaborating and brings a positive can-do attitude to the table. With 20 years experience in the industry, she is hands-on with every project from conceptualization through post-production. Her attention to detail assures a project's creative integrity will be maintained and expectations exceeded. Natalie’s team can provide soup to nuts production services for both still and video. Productions can be scaled for budgets of all sizes and her team is available for travel worldwide.

Originally from the South (Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee), Natalie transplanted to Southern California in her twenties and hasn’t looked back. She lives near the beach and takes adventures up and down the West Coast as often as possible.

Clients include Dakine, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Lexus, Zales Jewelers, Auto Trader, ADP, Corsair Gaming, Nobilo Wines, Women’s Wear Daily, Yoga Journal.

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