Natalie Guisinger is a senior pursing a BFA in the Stamps School of Art and Design. An avid photographer and designer, she is also Editor in Chief of SHEI Magazine. I sat down with Natalie to discuss her inspirations and aspirations in the creative world.
To Natalie, art has become an integral part of her life since high school. She took just one formal art class in high school but fell in love with photojournalism through yearbook. She also explored different ways of making outside of school, by knitting, sketching, and even building her own boomerang and longboard. Natalie applied to one art school, Michigan. “It sounds cliche, but art becomes embedded in your life.”
Human resilience and raw being are the main themes of Natalie’s photography–“I like to use art to portray human life in its most authentic form. My passion is storytelling through photography and I love getting to know people by observing their actions and interviewing them.” Being a part of SHEI has emboldened this passion, as it allows her to work collaboratively with a variety of talented students. “We all support each other. School has taught me that there are so many interesting people out there; we can communicate and exchange ideas to make awesome creative projects.”
On where she aspires to work, Natalie hopes to continue helping people, specifically sharing stories of underrepresented people: her plans include applying to news publications or joining the Peace Corps. After traveling to places such as Tanzania and Copenhagen in the past two years, she’s not sure if she wants to go abroad or stay within the United States for a while. She says, “I enjoy working with people on an immediate and intimate level. I know it sounds vague, but I want to make sure I do what I love.”
Principles of Design – Poster Design Project 2020