We will be featuring many talented local photographers that we feel are doing their part in representing and showcasing local culture. First up we have Nikki Zakkas, read a little bit about her journey as a photographer and see some of her work below.
What got you into photography and what keeps you interested?
I have always been a visually inclined person. My whole mental world is basically just an endless reel of visual scenery. My personal memories are also very visual, kind of like recorded photographic instances of my life. I studied fashion but I think I always secretly wanted to be a photographer. I didn’t think I could do it because I am not very technical at all. I started to experiment in 2014, while completing a short course at Vega School of Photography and haven’t stopped taking photographs ever since. It is is an instant outlet for my creativity, which I really value.
What is your favourite subject matter and do you think it’s a reflection of who you are?
For fun, I like to take portraits that are a little bit dreamlike or surreal but not too much. So even though the moments captured are real I like for them to look like they would be impossible in reality. I guess this could reflect my tendency to be a bit day-dreamy and disconnected from reality. My style is also deeply rooted in my intentions – it is playful, loose, spontaneous and experimental. I am much more intuitive than intellectual in my approach.
As a photographer what do you spend most of your time on in the photographic process?
I try to search for interesting scenes just going about my day-to-day – this takes up the most time. Photographing and retouching are usually an equal effort in terms of time resources.
What do you think other people like most about your work?
I don’t think about this.
What is the one thing that you still want to photograph?
I love photographing people. I like that portraiture is an interactive collaboration between myself and someone else, who I feel connected to, and that we get to share the end image.