Natasha Johl Bio
Natasha Johl is a British freelance photographer who has been living and working in Colombia for over seven years. In 2015 Natasha graduated in photography from the University of Hertfordshire.
An experienced advertising executive, Natasha has worked in the creative industries for over 15 years. An artist at her core, she now dedicates the majority of her time to the art of photography, whether it be taking and editing photos, curating them or teaching and mentoring photography for charities.
Most recently Natasha was chosen specifically by the Arhuaco group in Colombia to document the process of the mochila, a national emblem in Colombia. This 3 year ground-breaking work showcases the fascinating and intricately beautiful process of the mochila and other unseen parts of daily Arhuaco life.
Part of this work was published in MIPJ 2016 Indigenous Edition.
A full book is a work in progress.
Leading the creative as curator and mentor in PhotoVoice project ‘Mi Barrio’, Natasha’s work was featured in the national press El Tiempo and El Universal INSERT LINKS . This project, for the charity Afro Carbie in Cartagena de la Indias, contributed to building five libraries in deprived areas in Cartagena.
In Colombia Natasha has also worked for Mision Gaia, La Vecina and also Inti Warri Assi in Bolivia. In 2010 Natasha founded Capture cure an initiative to raise money for breast cancer care via art.
Natasha has worked with street artists FinDac and Skore, as well as musicians Lee Scratch Perry, Four Tet, Kelpe, Emperor Machine and Padded Cell, and in 2015 Natasha assisted NME music photographer Lawrence Watson. Natasha has exhibited in London, Cartagena de Indias and Buenos Aires.