Friday, 9 September 2016

Daydreaming Serbia

The series represents a storyboard of life in Serbia. 
It starts with my personal surrounding, like Belgrade’s foggy Danube banks, kids and families enjoying our ‘Great War Island’. The series takes you through the story where kids are working and creating and slightly stepping over the line into adult life. I break this up when I introduce the black and white photo of two people talking in the streets of Zemun, during the calm of winter. The next ones are of joy, fun whilst also harbouring an awareness of the recent floods, the various contrasts of human life on a big river.Near the end of the photographic story are the daydreaming photographs of everyday life in Serbia: the market in Subotica; abandoned villages of South-East Serbia; children playing in the river Gradac; baptising in monastery Celije and a kid making his first mosaic in Prohor Pcinski monastery in South Serbia.For Belgrade in particular, I depict the connection between the citizens of the city and the city itself in a few photos such as the lady hanging colourful laundry out in the Savamala district, and the Roma mother with her child, hiding. The Dreamland sign represents both their hope and the emptiness of their expectations, as they fail to be accepted in their towns and countries.
‘Daydreaming Serbia’ is a collection which shows how I would like to see life in my country, not by looking through rose-tinted glasses, but through a slightly different shade. I find I am inspired more by the present moment I find myself in, whether locations and situations , and this often influences me to capture what I see in a more positive and impressionistic manner – as seen in my shots of natural landscapes. However, with ‘daydreaming’ the struggle between life and landscape and documentary photography is always there. The element of dreaming is also important here, as it is more imaginative, it brings to the work a reflection of a subconscious inner-state of mind that sends you messages, or suggests and predicts… it is something of multi-pronged culmination of feelings in the case of my works.
text and photo: Milica Nikolić

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The illuminating haze

The illuminating haze
Photo-series by Milica Nikolić

This fragmented approach of “The Illuminated haze” series was excavated from self-psychoanalysis as well as some from Freud’s experience of photography. It is well known that he was passionate for art history. He used photographs of archaeological artefacts and renaissance art as a source for exploration, learning and research, inextricably linking the early twentieth-century art of photography with psychiatric observation.
Guided by his scientific approach to photography, this series was taken from daily documentary and abstract photography I had taken on various places where my subconscious hit a peak of experience.
The photographs were not staged, rather they were found as artefacts of street life or as traces in nature which I, as a human being had, and indirectly needed to personalise, which many photographers and artist subconsciously do. Many of them were made through self-treatment, helping to awake consciousness and focus back in some periods. The long exposures and textural technique is the nearest visual presentation of how the mind plays with itself when it is out of emotional or spiritual balance. As we go through series, these gradations of photographic “mistakes” or trajectories and strong diagonal compositions, are forming clearer object and hidden language comes to the surface like mental relief.
The glance of hazing mountains, lakes, streets etc. might depict the medical term “clouding of consciousness” or Brain fog. This state of mind is lately quite often described by people who are overwhelmed with information, short tempered and feeling anxious. Regarding this photography and its fragmentary nature might or should be considered as a part of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy methods like writing or meditation.
Nowadays mobile photography mistaken as a medium is a great excuse for its utilisation /approval in society and mimics a pleased life worldwide. But sooner or later disappointment arrives like the Sigmund Freud had when he saw Michelangelo’s “Moses” in person. “Moses” is a collective fortune as is every branch, scar, reflection.
These glimpses should not be adored and be approved by society - they should be experienced with a patience and attention allowing our subconscious to speak, to illuminate and clarify our thoughts.

text and photos by Milica Nikolić,
Zemun, 2016

This project is in progress with a lot of care, so I would love to hear any suggestions and ideas ;-)

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Kvarner&Istria tour 2016

Testing some BnW 35mm roll film by Filmotec Orwo UN54 with "only"39 successful captures ;)
These Kvarner cities like Selce, Krk, Malinska, Medveja, Rijeka
 and Rovinj in Istria was captured with my Yashica MG1
Love this grain. 

photo: Milica Nikolić 
all right reserved
august, 2016