Natalie Arriola Photography

Tundra

is a series which grew out of a few experimental self portraits I took some time ago. I only recently decided to expand upon these early attempts and make them into a full blown series. These images are an exploration of my sense of self. They are an attempt at glimpsing the true nature of myself through the subconcsious flow which guides my lens. I have chosen to make them nudes as an expression of vulnerability. What little we can ever expect to know about our true selves certainly cannot be discovered without a willingness to be vulnerable and a willingness to feel deeply even in the face of scrutiny. In a sense, these photos are an exercise in letting go, letting go of my fears and my fixations, letting go of my misconceptions, and finally letting go of myself.

Black and white nude self portrait of a woman's back. A woman's long red hair covers her face in this nude self portrait. A woman's hands claw through her vail of red hair in this nude self portrait. Nude self portrait of a woman sitting in front of a window. Nude self portrait of a woman on her bed. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman curled into a fetal position at the end of her bed. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman stretched across her bed.
Nude self portrait of a woman seen from behind through a narrow doorway. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman curling into fetal position. A voyeuristic nude self portrait of a woman seen through a narrow door frame. Black and white blurred nude self portrait of a woman who appears to be sinking into her bed. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman from the waist down. Black and white blurred motion nude self portrait of a woman on a chair.
Black and white nude self portrait of a curled under a chair. Nude self portrait of a woman illuminated by a sliver of light. Black and white high contrast nude self portrait of a woman lying in the grass. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman standing in front of an orange tree. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman stretched out in the sand against the vast empty landscape of the sand dunes. Black and white nude self portrait of a woman lying amongst yellow flowers in the vast open landscape of the sand dunes.