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Meet the photographer advocating against marine oil pollution

Natalia Palmer is a concept-driven fashion and beauty photographer based in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. The 22-year-old completed her Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography at the Arts University Bournemouth and plans to complete a master's next.

Through her work, Natalia creates stunning, thought-provoking images that tell a story. In this case, her recent project "Venom" speaks volumes of the devastating effects that oil spills in the ocean have on the marine ecosystem. Just to give you an insight: since 1969, there have been at least 44 oil spills (in the US alone) consisting of over 420,000 gallons of oil being released into the ocean and as of consequence having a direct impact on the lifecycle and ecosystem of the ocean.

Natalia depicts this issue through authentic expression.

Through this editorial, Natalia captivates the viewers’ attention. The images humanise the effects of oil pollution through the direct relation of the human form being depicted in the same conditions marine wildlife face because of human-induced oil pollution.

Oil spills prevent plants and animals from taking in oxygen and due to the thick, opaque consistency of oil, the area that the spill covers blocks the sunlight that would naturally enable plants to photosynthesize. Due to this, plants and vegetation for the marine animals depletes, hindering the marine ecosystem. However, this is the light content.

The more devastating outcomes of oil pollution begin immediately. Oil destroys the insulating ability of fur-bearing animals including sea otters and birds meaning they can no longer repel water and protect themselves from harsh weather conditions, unfortunately, this means that many of them will die from hypothermia.

When it comes to fish, oil exposure stunts growth, enlarges their livers, changes their heart and respiration rates, and even causes reproduction impairment. This coupled with over-fishing is a devastating effect.

So far, Natalia's editorial "Venom" has had a widely positive response, being published in the Shuba and Moevir magazine and they were even a part of a virtual exhibition!

Her forward, artistic approach to activism through photography will continue to spread awareness of the devastating effects that human activities can have on finite ecosystems and the planet.

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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