Blom’s beautiful bloopers

Natalie Blom will showcase her photography in The Shattered Horizon exhibition at Common Ground.
Natalie Blom will showcase her photography in The Shattered Horizon exhibition at Common Ground.

The exhibition challenges the traditional perception of landscapes and displays the technique of film photography.

Blom (26) said landscape photography was photographing something that was astoundingly and obviously beautiful.

‘I wanted to challenge people’s views by taking images of places which are regular every day surroundings; whose beauty can be overlooked as mundane,’ she said.

‘I found using the simple plastic film camera with expired film, meant that it was less about the technicalities and more about capturing the atmosphere of the place.’

Blom said she stumbled on the shoot technique by mistake when she was first experimenting with the medium.

‘Like many great ideas, the ‘shattered’ technique stemmed from when I began using the camera and overlapped a number of frames by mistake,’ she said.

In what turned out to be a beautiful blooper, Blom developed a new way of representing the world.

Blom said the intensity of the landscapes symbolised the ‘immense vastness of cities’ from the viewpoint of someone who grew up in the paddocks of WA’s Wheatbelt.

‘This work is like a little piece of me,’ she said.

‘It’s something personal I made for myself and to share it is like reading out diary entries to strangers; more than a little embarrassment mixed with a fairly big lump of wanting-to-be-liked.’