New Yorker Nathaniel Johnston, a recent CAPP grad, is a photographer and creative mind specializing in environmental portraits. Nathaniel describes his creative vision in a unique way that encourages comfort and excitement:
“I pride myself in getting people who are normally uncomfortable in front of a camera to relax and be themselves. I thrive on finding the beauty in simple situations, which makes my photography inventive and stunning. I absolutely insist on having fun!”
Nathaniel describes CAPP as the catalyst that caused his “simmering water to boil” because the ideas that he had been gathering in the years preceding the program were put into action for his final project called, Portraits of Positivity.his “simmering water to boil” because the ideas that he had been gathering in the years preceding the program were put into action for his final project called, Portraits of Positivity.
Portraits of Positivity helps people create their own greatest image of themselves. It’s intended to give them a single portrait of themselves that they can look at for inspiration as they work to live out their highest vision of who they know themselves to be.
Portraits of Positivity isn’t just a nice photo, it’s a spiritual statement. Work is required from both of the subject and Nathaniel as a collaborative, creative, spiritual team. Using a combination of dialogue, free-association, and reflection, Nathaniel helps develop a visual concept that’s specific to each person and the goals/challenges they seek to inspire themselves through to successful completion. He and the subject figure out first what the exact challenge is (big or small, positive, negative or otherwise), then cultivate a singular image that represents them having passed though to success.
When Nathaniel isn’t capturing positivity, he’s working on being a flourishing father and a supportive husband.
<This Student Spotlight was contributed by Amanda Miller, CAPP>