Natalie Soysa is a wearer of many creative hats, she is a writer, producer, curator, creative consultant, vocalist and thespian – but her primary and foremost passion is photography. She retired from her 13 year career in advertising in 2010 and picked up her first camera soon after. Over the past 4 years, she has combined photography with her existing resources of idea generation, writing & design to help her become an artist and advocate of social issues.
Natalie has a large body of photographs in travel, conceptual portraiture, social documentary and art photography. She has been exhibited 6 times in both Sri Lanka & India and has been a guest speaker at the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka.
She was awarded a grant along with fellow photographer Sachini Perera to produce a photography and audio based documentary for award winning citizens journalism site GROUNDVIEWS, mapping the lives of Sri Lankan women over the past 30 years in July 2013. The documentary went on to be published in PIX a global photography quarterly in December 2013, was featured at the Colombo Art Biennale in January 2014, in exhibit in Bangalore and will be published in Munich later this year.
Natalie was invited to share her story and the stories of the myriad post-war artistes she has discovered along the way at TEDx in Sri Lanka in November 2012.
Natalie’s also has a day job as the Head of Arts at British Council in Sri Lanka where she conceptualizes and deploys arts programmes that connect Sri Lanka and the UK together.