Natalie Arriola Photography
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Portraits

What is it about portraits that is so fascinating? From old family photos to J.C. Penny’s studio portraits to high fashion editorials and fine art, the portrait holds a timeless allure. Portraits tell our stories, they tell us where we’ve been, who we’ve been, and who we want to be. While I do not believe that portraits present us with a realistic portrayal of the individual we find captured there – forever frozen in a single fragment of a second – I do believe that portraits tell us something about our humanity. They also provide us with a window into the past. All photographs exist solely in the past; they become relics the moment the shutter clicks.