Brisbane curator Lani Pauli interviews Natalie McComas, photographer and freelance documentary maker.


Works at: Nat McComas Photography er

What has been your favourite photography job?
To choose a favourite would be too hard! I loved photographing a wedding on the Fiji Islands and also a wedding at the beautiful Deux Bellettes in NSW. I loved doing a documentary commission for the Museum of Sydney – travelling around taking portraits of people and their pets. I love whenever I get to tell stories in pictures.

Who do you think is doing cool stuff in the creative industries?

Nine Lives Gallery in Brisbane, Comb Gallery at Tugun, Brisbane artist and poet Kylie Johnson, Bespoke Letterpress.

What was your first job?
My first photography job was a commission to take portraits at a young mothers group in Albion.

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve had to face work-wise?
Maintaining a healthy work and life balance. I love photographing so much that sometimes I forget I have other passions too.

What’s the biggest opportunity and challenge for Brisbane to become a truly “Creative City”?
I think we need more international photography & artist exhibitions when they are on tour. We seem to get skipped as most are hosted in Sydney and Melbourne.

What are some local upcoming events you recommend?
I’m looking forward to seeing the Josephine Ulrick photography exhibition at the Gold Coast at the end of March. ‘Boys with guns’ by Prudence Murphy at the Queensland Centre for Photography, South Bank. Pecha Kucha Brisbane in May and The Finders Keepers Markets in July.

What’s next?
I am hoping to set up an online store to sell a few of my travelling photos and I am working on a series of portraits this year of people with significant birthmarks. Patience from The Grates was the inspiration for the series after we chatted about her growing up with such a significant birthmark and we will be working together on this with the aim of inspiring people to be confident in their own skin and to know that what they have is unique and beautiful. If you would like to be involved or know of someone, contact me through my website.
You can follow Natalie on Twitter here.