About the Artist:
Nika Ostby is a Florida based photographer focusing on conceptual portraiture. She is fascinated by the redemptive quality of the photograph. In a society caught by the crosshairs of idealism and reality, portraiture provides a much needed sense of control.  She is an amazingly expressive photographer.  Enjoy her work.  Nika says she comes alive when she is behind the camera lens.

Artist Statement:
"I am so grateful to have found photography.  I was always a strange child. I still am a strange child. Whether I was water coloring the walls in my family’s home or painting my papa’s toenails, I was constantly moving and art helped me to focus my energy.  I am self-taught in everything I do, and I was fortunate enough to have my family’s support along the way.  Strangely enough, although I had always loved photography, I never really gave myself a chance to begin.  I was obsessed, but terrified to fail.  After I survived a very difficult time, my parents gave me a camera along with a note asking me to open myself to viewing life through a new lens.  I have not gone a day without taking pictures since."

Nika's Art Philosophy:
“They don’t have perfect proportions.  My subjects do not see themselves, the way I see them; unique, special, photogenic. Through pictures people can see just how beautiful they are. That is why I take pictures. I feel the need to show them and hopefully convince them that they are beautiful, on the inside and outside.”  

As C.S Lewis once said, “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
"I want to share with the world the view from where I stand. Photography allows me to express the beauty I never fail to see."


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