Student and photographer Nika Holodnaya (a.k.a. Neekwe) captures stunningly unique photos that possess a mysterious, shadowy allure. Holodnaya, who studies physics at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Moscow, reveals an enigmatic, illusory realm in her hazy images. Young women lay immersed in water, overlook the gray waves of the ocean, and hide in the isolation of dark forests. Each photo seems be a part of a larger narrative, like an intriguingly dark fairytale filled with enchantment and secrets.
Holodnaya's photos all share a boldly experimental aesthetic. Heavy grain, blurriness, scratches, underexposure, and lack of focus–flaws that would normally be considered undesirable for a conventionally sharp, clear image–are put to great use in Holodnaya's highly stylized shots. The young photographer finds beauty in those imperfections, turning the faults into tools that can express her unique, dreamlike inner world.