When photographer and founder of De Anastacia, Natasha Wilson has a vision, nothing will stop her from creating it. Her adventurous spirit and keen eye come together to take breathtaking photos that feel like glimpses into dark and alluring fairytales. She isn’t afraid to push boundaries, literally, and somehow always manages to capture the emotion of a scene flawlessly.
Currently residing in Hawaii, she has plans to jet off and tour the globe next month, documenting moments along the way. We got the chance to chat with Natasha about the method behind her madness, inspirations, and new journeys to come. Check it:
LF: When was the first time you picked up a camera?
NW: When I was 11, I used to make my friends dress up in neon colored wigs and take pictures of them holding flowers in my backyard with a Polaroid camera.
LF: Describe a typical day in Hawaii.
NW: My typical day is never the same because I am always moving! I wake up and decide what needs to be done and what I want to do… and do it!
LF: Dream day?
NW: My dream day consists of sleeping in, Mexican food, and the beach.
LF: How has living in Hawaii influenced your art?
NW: I think Hawaii has influenced and changed my way of thinking. Fashion no longer interests me – clothes date photographs more than anything. I want to take pictures that are about the people, not the clothes and make up.
LF: Describe your style in five words or less.
NW: Dreams on film.
LF: Where do you find inspiration?
NW: Mostly through Sally Mann‘s work!
LF: The scenery in your photographs is always so dreamy. What’s your creative process?
NW: I honestly don’t know. Haha I think I go through the images and pick out the one that has the most emotion in it to me, and edit from there. I try to make my images look more film-like, to make it look like more of a memory.
LF: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever had a model do on a shoot?
NW: Every shoot I’ve done seems like the craziest thing I’ve had a model do. Smoke bombs, flour in hair/mouth/eyes, climbing fences, getting escorted out by cops, painting an entire body with acrylic paint, getting naked in public places, etc. Fortunately my models trust me that I will get a good image out of whatever I make them do, and of course I take the blame in any enforcement issue!
LF: If you could collaborate with one person who would it be?
NW: I want to do a photo series of women in prison. But not in their uniforms, probably stripped down so you can’t tell what they’ve done or what their past is. It seems near impossible but maybe one day I can do it! I also just got done watching Orange is the New Black so that may have influenced my decision. haha.
LF: What’s your biggest fantasy as a photographer?
NW: To have my images outlive me.
LF: What’s next for you?
NW: Australia, Nebraska, and then a cross-country road trip documentary in July!
LF: How fast do you live?
NW: Some days I guess you could say I live pretty fast – other days like today I am slow!