about natalie barnes
Bunurong Trawlwoolway photographer & artist
I am an indigenous photographer and artist living on country in Melbourne (Bunurong), Victoria.
My family line comes from north eastern Tasmania (Trawlwoolway) through Wottecowidyer, one of four daughters of the family head, revered clansman and warrior leader, Mannalargenna; and from south eastern Victoria (Bunurong) through Nandergoroke (aka Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Maynard).
In addition to my love of photography, I also enjoy exploring the cultural practices of ochre painting, fibre & kelp craft and shell stringing.
Through the exploration of country, the learning of traditional culture practice from my family and elders and the study of first nations history, I seek to be a storyteller using a combination of contemporary and traditional practices and materials.