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  • Writer's pictureLouise Talbot

Meet the photographer advocating against marine oil pollution

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Natalia Palmer is not your average photographer. The 22-year-old concept-driven fashion and beauty photographer from Bournemouth, United Kingdom, is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial photography from the Arts University Bournemouth under her belt, Natalia is now working on a master's degree to further develop her craft.


But what sets Natalia apart is her unique approach to photography. She doesn't just capture images, she tells a story through her work. And her latest project, "Venom," is no exception. Through this project, Natalia sheds light on the devastating effects of oil spills on the ocean's marine ecosystem.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there have been at least 44 oil spills since 1969, resulting in over 420,000 gallons of oil being released into the ocean. These spills have had a direct impact on the lifecycle and ecosystem of the ocean, affecting everything from plants to fish to animals.


Natalia's "Venom" editorial captures the essence of this issue through authentic expression. Her stunning images humanize the effects of oil pollution by depicting the human form in the same conditions that marine wildlife face due to human-induced oil pollution. The result is a captivating editorial that draws the viewer's attention to this pressing issue.

Natalia depicts this issue through authentic expression.


But the effects of oil pollution go far beyond just hindering the marine ecosystem. Oil spills prevent plants and animals from taking in oxygen and block the sunlight that would naturally enable plants to photosynthesise. This, in turn, depletes plants and vegetation for marine animals, further hindering the ecosystem. And that's just the beginning.

Oil destroys the insulating ability of fur-bearing animals like sea otters and birds, leaving them unable to repel water and protect themselves from harsh weather conditions. As a result, many of these animals die from hypothermia. Fish exposed to oil

experience stunted growth, enlarged livers, changes in heart and respiration rates, and even reproduction impairment. And when combined with overfishing, the effects are devastating.


Natalia's "Venom" editorial has already received widespread positive feedback, having been published in Shuba and Moevir magazine and being a part of a virtual exhibition. Her forward-thinking, artistic approach to activism through photography is spreading awareness of the impact of human activities on finite ecosystems and the planet. With her unique perspective and storytelling abilities, Natalia is a rising star in the photography world, making a difference one shot at a time.


Go and follow Natalia (@nataliaxpalmer) to keep up with her creative journey and (@sarahnewsfx) to find out where the incredible make-up looks came from.


More images from the "Venom"editorial below.






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