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In “Natural Deceptions,” Natalie Krick Uses The Women In Her Family To Recreate Fashion and Beauty Imagery

Posted by on May 3, 2018 | Photographer Interviews

In “Natural Deceptions,” the Seattle-based photographer Natalie Krick, her mother, and her sister assume poses sourced from pop culture and personal history — beauty ads, Instagram posts by the Kardashian sisters, a playboy centerfold of Marilyn Monroe, photographs of the photographer’s grandmother — in order to explore both how ridiculous and pervasive such imagery is in informing notions of female beauty.

“We impersonate each other and ourselves, emulating imagery that has taught us how to be beautiful,” Krick, who received her MFA from Columbia College of Chicago in 2012, says. “The resulting pictures, portraits and fragmented photographs of our stylized bodies, mimic the alluring glamour and artifice found in magazines while mocking the idea of being easy on the eyes.”

The portraits are at once vibrant, jarring and often very funny, somehow managing to be both aesthetically pleasing and critical at the same time.

“In the act of embodying these tropes, cultural cliches become personal, pointing to the way photography influences the fantasies and fictions we have created about ourselves,” Krick says.

The series, which won the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize, was recently published as a monograph. To buy the book from Skylark Editions, follow the link. And to learn more about Krick, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.

All images © Natalie Krick.

Me Posing As Mom Posing As Marilyn

Self Portrait As My Mother’s Mother

She Has Such An Expressionless Face

My Head on my mom’s shoulder

Mom on her carpet


Hillary as op art

Hillary and mom and our hands

Hands and house plants