Noelle Meade-Izzi is a self-proclaimed Natu-journalist. She defines “natu-journalism” as a form of nature photography combined with journalistic style to create imagery through both photos and colorful text to tell engaging stories about nature.
Natu-journalism is similar to photojournalism in that both strive for timeliness, objectivity, and include a narrative to connect the viewer or reader at a cultural level. However, photojournalism does not perfectly define Noelle’s body of work. The “Golden Age of Photojournalism” is considered to be roughly the 1930s through the 1970s. Often, photojournalists used their black and white photography, more than text, to tell stories of the pivotal moments in war. On the contrary, Noelle captures contemporary, visual reality with her camera and combines wildlife anecdotes and facts to encourage every person’s potential to connect with and preserve nature.
Noelle also endeavors to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary–right in our own
backyards. Her passion for nature and wildlife photography stems from her research and study of the wisdom of the animal world, animal symbolism and animal totems. Her book, The Hummingbird That Answered My Heart’s Calling, is a testament to the power of nature and its ability to teach, heal, and re-connect humans to their true human nature.
In addition, Noelle is a Graphic Designer for the marketing and advertising industries. Her work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) prestigious Addy Creative Awards for design excellence, with her highest award being “Best in Show”.
To her delight, a segment on her experience with Artemis, the hummingbird, was featured in the United States Humane Society (USHS) publication, “All Animals”.