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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 April 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 APRIL 2018 15 PHOTOGRAPHY Pavlos Melas Camp. Parts of the former camp date back to the Ottoman Empire. Pasha’a Gardens: the throne. or films. I like to say that my photos show a different kind of reality, and that is actually my motto," Nicki explains. She says that people sometimes need a break from reality and art is something that has always offered that in her personal experience. “When a person exercises their imagination, they tend to find better ways to cope with reality as well,” she reflects. “As we get older, life gets harder, responsibilities grow larger, and time never seems to be enough. Through my photos, I want to give people the chance to dream and help them travel to other dimensions. That is not always pleasant though, just as dreams are not always happy, they can also be nightmares." While Nicki's photos are anything but ordinary, it is in the everyday that she finds inspiration – from a song, a story, or even a conversation overheard on the street. "Just a single word can lead to a whole story, which I then impress onto an image," she says. With a curious mind, what particularly interests her, is discovering the lesserknown pieces of history. "I always find myself wondering about the background stories of places or people that I see or read about. This sparks my imagination and leads me to either discover forgotten stories or make up my own." This is exemplified in her latest body of work, which also happens to be her favourite, a series titled 'Unseen Thessaloniki', which she worked on for just over a year. It features a combination of known and obscure sites across the city, shown in a different light through Nicki's 'lens', each image accompanied with a story, including information on the location and its history. "Thessaloniki is a city with centuries of history. It is a place where multiculturalism formed a very special mixture of characters, customs and architecture – this is evident even today, if you look close enough," she says. As Nicki started to take a deeper interest in the city's history, it didn’t take long to discover that there is much people know little about. "The unknown stories of the city led me to create this series of images, where I present these hidden aspects in my own way,” she explains. “The creation of 'Unseen Thessaloniki' helped me better understand this city that I have made my home," the experience leading her to feel even more connected to it than ever before. Satisfied with the result of the project and the response she has received thus far, more than anything she says it was the process she enjoyed, which was both challenging and a learning curve. "I spent many hours researching locations and reading up on their history; I visited places I had never been before and I had the chance to create something unique for them,” she says. “There were failures and setbacks but, in the end, I found that perseverance is the key to reaching your goal.” To view ‘Unseen Thessaloniki’ and to see more of Nicki's work, Byzantine Watermills. An archaeological park of in the area of Polichni. Zeitenlik. Allied military cemetery and World War I memorial park.
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