They say you must go to find where you belong but we believe home is wherever your heart lies, and sometimes that is in more place than one. We think that some people are meant to roam to capture people and places in a way that only they can. Natalia is that person with this gift, taking incredible photographs as she travels the world capturing the everyday moments of a place, and it's people. Moments that we instantly fell in love with, and a desire to know more about this beauty behind the lens.
Born and raised in Slovakia, travelling since you were eighteen and living in Sydney for the past six years can you tell us what ignited your desire to travel and wonder as you wander around the world
People think I am looking for something and I haven't found it yet. Some people think that I can't sit still ... I believe I am travelling to learn from the land I visit, from the food I try for the first time but most importantly from the people I meet alongside my journey.
What drew you to capture particular places and people, and the everyday moments that often pass us by
I am and always was fascinated by people and their behaviour. I never walk on the streets just looking straight forward (my eyes always wonder, looking for a story). When I go to a beach, I always bring a book with me but I often catch myself looking around them. I think its a habit of being curious. I am very interested in local people. Talking to them, listening to their stories and learning new things that if you only pass by, you will never find out about.
Can you tell us how and where you learnt the art of photography
Hmm ... I think I am still learning but my photography journey started while I was living in Dubai 7 years ago. I really wanted to stay there but wasn't sure what I am good at. I decided to buy a camera one day and started to take photographs of my friends. Soon enough I met a few really nice and supportive people who believed in me and started my journey. I was always self driven and walls weren't stopping me.
You recently spent three months in the rural areas of Tanzania through Raleigh and working with SAWA. Can you tell us about work you did there and the things you discovered on this expedition
It was such an amazing experience, which I am very thankful for. With Raleigh International, we worked to improve access to safe water and sanitation, building community resilience, managed natural resources and worked to protect vulnerable environment.
While there a lot of manual work involved (like building pre-school development centre or girls toilets) Raleigh makes sure to give the right education to the kids in school as well as to communities. We held cases about hand washing and the importance of it, classes with girls about puberty and menstruation cycle, nutrition etc. The best gift you can give to a child is a gift of education.
You also have worked on campaigns for fashion labels in Australia, when shooting such campaigns where do you draw inspiration from
From movies, songs or magazines, I must admit that the most inspiration I get is from everyday life. Sometimes, I can be inspired by a particular person The idea usually sparks up in my mind very suddenly and then I can have a sit down and brainstorm.
Tell us what you love most about what you do
Being able to tell a story and perhaps inspire other people to stop hoping only.
With you extensive travels around the world, what is the biggest change you would like to see
People being kind to each other and kind to the earth. Even though I would love to go to space one day and Mars sounds like a nice place to explore, we should stop talking about it as the back up planet.
Your greatest teacher and what they taught you
My parents. They gave me the ability to grow in whatever I wanted to. They were always supportive of my decisions and allowed me to follow my dreams.
Advice for other creatives who wish to turn their passion into careers
Stay positive, work hard and never listen to anyone else telling you what they think is wrong or right - just listen to your heart.
Where to next
With me you never know. I can be here one day, planning and working and the next thing you know, I am packing my bags because I got a call or email with an offer to go elsewhere. What I really wish to do is to continue the work I have started in Tanzania and of course while doing that, exploring new places.