Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer creates image-objects using lens-less techniques as well as cameras. She is interested in photography’s relationship to time and the application of historical processes to contemporary subject matter. Nadezda is drawn to imagery where the physicality of the handmade object impacts the viewer’s experience and the medium itself shapes the storytelling.
Nadezda often looks to natural forms for inspiration, which reflects her connection to nature and concern for its survival in light of anthropogenic impacts on species and ecosystems. She is particularly drawn to illuminating forms that are seemingly mundane and easily overlooked, seeking to highlight their intrinsic significance as well to impart new meanings.
Over the years, Nadezda has focused on developing a distinct visual language using wet plate collodion, painting inner landscapes and conjuring up moods and metaphors. The fluidity of her chosen medium allows her to experiment, push boundaries and make the process her own. She welcomes the challenge of confronting the technical aspects and seeks the suspense inherent in working with chemistry that is in a constant state of flux.
Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer's Projects on LensCulture