Nadezda Nikolova has long observed the San Francisco Bay Area and its redwood forests. Her personal experience with the environment gave rise to abstract visions which she takes down on paper, before locking herself in her darkroom to engage in a true chemical process.
Based in Oakland, California, Nikolova is moving away from digital technologies to focus on the historical photographic processes. Without a camera, she captures the lost intimacy of landscapes. To do this, she uses the technique of the photogram.
In her darkroom, she manipulates metal plates pre-soaked in wet collodion, a solution of gun cotton (cotton powder) dissolved in a preparation of alcohol and ether. The plate is then sensitized in a silver nitrate bath, before being submitted to the artist’s craftsmanship.
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