My name is Bonnie Natko and I am a storyteller. I use photography as a creative outlet to document my world and preserve memories. I like to capture the world as portrayed through my eyes, through landscapes, objects, and the people as they appear in their environment. I'm a native New Yorker, who was born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and I know the subway like the back of my hand, so feel free to ask me directions!
My images have been published in: Gothamist, The New York Observer, The Village Voice, Curbed, WNYC.org, NYC.gov, The Brooklyn Paper, and Brownstoner among others. I was also commissioned to shoot one of the girls profiled in the Penguin/Puffin book, “Girls Gone Green” published in 2010. I've also been a commissioned photographer for events and lifestyle portraiture, but find that I enjoy photography most when I take photos freely as an expressive outlet.
I've owned quite a few cameras through the years, from a Kodak Instamatic to a Minolta to a Sony Mavica to my Canon 70D, but my iPhone pretty much gets all the action these days. Quite simply, it's always with me, it's portable, and I can accomplish everything I need to. On my iPhone, I shoot using the Hipstamatic app, which I've been using pretty much since it first came out. I randomize the "lens" and "film" daily because it truly reminds me of when I used to shoot on film, when I would experiment with different films and lenses and take my photos to lab, anxiously awaiting my prints.
When I'm not taking photos and observing my world, I am a vintage magazine collector and run another blog called Periodically Vintage where I have some really great imagery and content spanning the twentieth century. By day, I work as a talent engagement specialist that utilizes design thinking and service design techniques to provide amazing experiences. Having these outlets, helps me work better and come up with creative solutions in everyday life.