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Natalie Starr is a true diamond. Her creative skillset was moulded in New York City. But for a woman that loves the outdoors, the city and its lifestyle became overwhelming and claustrophobic.

 

A move to Colorado gave birth to her true self, as she not only found her special gift that is photography, but inspired her love of cycling. Natalie Starr is part of a new generation of cycling photographers, using their camera skills and their cycling experience to capture athletes in their most awe-inspiring moments.

This is her story.

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I graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in December ‘13. My main focus had been studio/location fashion and beauty photography. By the time I finished school, I was completely positive that I never wanted to pick up my camera again.

 

“By the time I finished school, I was completely positive that I never wanted to pick up my camera again.”

 

Photography had become tiresome from having to force myself to shoot for school assignments and the idea of working in the fashion industry felt more like a negative lifestyle than a dream. I made one of the hardest decisions of my life and May 2014 I decided to move from NYC, leaving behind a huge family of friends.

I knew a handful of people out in Denver and had only been there twice. It was about a month after I moved that I picked up my bike for the first time in a very long time. I felt free from the stress that I found had become routine from the city lifestyle. I suddenly found myself obsessed with cycling.

“I wanted to be out on my own bike, I wanted to feel that sense of freedom again.”

Every time someone would ride by me on a bike while I was in my car on my way to work, my heart strings would pull. I wanted to be out on my own bike, I wanted to feel that sense of freedom again. I began researching cycling on social media and I started falling in love with some of the images that I would come across.

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I realized that cycling was a fantastic way to see the world. I felt so passionate about what I was finding that I decided I wanted to start photographing again. So for the first time in a year, I picked up my camera. I have rediscovered why I fell in love with photography and I give all that credit to cycling.

I live and breathe these two things now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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THIS STORY FIRST APPEARED IN OBSESSION 001, DISTRIBUTED EXCLUSIVELY WITH EACH BLACK SHEEP CYCLING LIMITED SEASON OR AVAILABLE TO READ ONLINE.

 

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