Thursday, December 22, 2011


A few weeks ago I tagged along for a photo shoot in the Peak District with fellow photographer Edward Miller. Here are my shots from the day. If you'd like to see his far more professional shots click here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Flora and Isabella

Rediscovering old photos and doing some re-editing instead of getting on with my writing.

All images ©Nathalie Donado

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Today was the second time going out with Ella Ruth on an improvised little shoot. We had planned to head to the botanical gardens in Sheffield but unfortunately they were closed while they set up a Christmas something. We walked to Weston Park instead and another little park next to it. It's proper cold in Sheffield now. Just holding the camera for a while with my bare hands was painful. Ella had the right idea: fingerless-gloves. Will be purchasing some soon. We had a fun time, finding little places, nooks that looked good to shoot in, planning other shoots once it stopped being so cold and rainy. It was also brief respite from all the course work I have backed up. Deadlines next Friday, scary prospect. I also had a 50mm on loan from the University PhotoSoc, which was fun since my camera won't autofocus with it, made me work just a bit harder for every shot. This isn't the best post, my writing skills are stretched rather thin at the moment. Hopefully after next week I'll make a decent post. Next time we go out on out mini-flickr meetups we might be dragging Edward Miller along, fingers crossed, going to make him work with only natural light.


All images ©Nathalie Donado

Monday, November 28, 2011


I shot this mini editorial a while back for a magazine in Colombia. By a while back I mean March. Since I've no clue wether it will ever get published I am posting it here. Also, I've been prioritizing my school work and sleep during the last few weeks so my photography has been nose-diving. I quite like this shoot, though to be honest I liked it a lot better when I first shot it... I miss Camilla and Mario, my ever-willing models who would let me boss them around just for the sake of a photo. The British gang haven't reached that level of commitment. Yet. 

I attended an amazing little event here in Sheffield called PushPull which is a forum created by photographers to showcase their work and talk about it with other creative people. I didn't show, and I don't know if I'll summon up the courage to do so. The other photographers seemed miles away from me in terms of talent and vision. I need to commit more. Have got an idea for a series so we'll see how that pans out. Rant over. More photos!

all images © Nathalie Donado

Friday, November 18, 2011

Monochrome Mistakes

First black and white film roll. Film has been an agonizing but beautiful experience. Everything is trial and error, stupid mistakes, unexpected results and loud shutter clicks. I stepped into a dark room today for the first time and it felt... like my instructor was quite annoyed with me. To be fair, I was 10 minutes late. I can still get lost in Sheffield, I've only been here a month. In any case my roll wasn't going to be easy to develop and I was only treated to a lecture on chemicals and learned getting the roll developed requires some fumbling around in pitch black darkness. Not a fan of darkness, not alone and not in a locked room with a stranger. But I got the roll on the spool thing and into the developing thing, so I get a pat on the back. The amazing-ness began when we got to the printing part. Watching the image come up on the paper basically made my heart skip a beat. It wasn't my photo but it was still wonderful. Next up: developing my roll. Adventures in film continues.

These I took on a kind of black and white film that can't be properly developed at my uni's darkroom so I had them developed the boring way: Boots. The effects were not intentional. I simply suck in the unloading film department.

©Nathalie Donado