Nikki Raitz was one of our eight featured photographers in our 3d, immersive, virtual Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020 — The New World: Isolation.
Nikki Raitz is 21 years old and currently pursuing a BFA in Drawing & Painting at Kennesaw State University. Motion and mystery are something that deeply inspire Raitz and this theme can be seen throughout most of her works today. Her body of work includes dance photography, fine art wheat pastes, and portraiture. Raitz loves reading books on rainy days, swing dancing, meeting new people and watching movies curled up on the couch. She works for hire as a photographer in product photography, portraits, and dance sessions.
Raitz was excited for the opportunity to be a part of this year’s exhibition that offered her opportunities to connect with the photography community in Atlanta.
Artist’s Statement: Isolation
In my Bokeh Focus Exhibit 2020 photography series, I’m using the dance community as a vehicle to address everyone’s new normal during this time of crisis. COVID took over our communities, daily lives and habitual practices with startling intensity. It changed what we wore, how we behaved, and how we interacted with the world around us. In these photographs, you can see COVID represented in the shocking shades of red, the large swaths of sheer fabric and the masks on people’s faces. And, in each photo you’ll notice each dancer stands alone, as many of us have during this new era of isolation.
Throughout the series you can see each person become consumed by their surroundings or emerge in a beautiful partnership with their new environment. While their positions may change, the color stays the same. The choice to use red predominantly in each of the shots serves to steal your focus and grab your attention, just like the pandemic has done to all of us in these past several months. While the fabric seen in several shots is used to represent the symbolic wall of space we’ve been taught to build around us, keeping others six feet away. Some of us have flourished and some of us have crumbled, but either way, we’ve all had to learn to adjust to our new limitations and our new states of isolation.
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