Nicki's vibrant photographs lead you along a very fine line between humour and tragedy. Her Fine Art background is visible in her unique way of exploring her field of photography. Her excitement sparks at the possibilities of selecting and combining a variety of techniques that enables her cherished subjects to 'shine brightly' in her photographs.
The titles for Nicki's photographs are not literal but they are integral to her work. She uses everyday sayings, phrases and clichés, sometimes changing them slightly and sometime not. Her titles inject an added twist of humour and or tragedy, giving her work an odd familiarity that engages the onlooker.
The technique Nicki uses depends on what inspires and transpires from her subject. Sometimes she manually makes collages for backdrops or uses photoshop to create an environment, as well as photograms in the darkroom or making slides to project onto her subjects constructing tableaux by layering and placing
Nicki's studio is at home and that is where all her quirky and wonderful objects live together sharing wall space, shelves and work surfaces. Once she starts working with her subjects she constructs a whole new world for them to inhabit, creating surreal mini landscapes which tell her story of the everyday. Nicki uses both her manual and digital cameras for shoots. She loves the rich tradition of darkroom printing and is now finding herself in the 21st century happily using her lovely digital camera!