Leah Jasmine

Nikki Zakkas is a South African Greek photographer born and based in Johannesburg. She began experimenting with image-making in 2014 and her photographic style is deeply rooted in her intentions – it is playful, loose, spontaneous and intimate. Portraiture is Nikki’s favourite form of photography as it is an interactive collaboration between herself and someone who she feels connected to, and they both get to keep the resulting picture/memory.

How did the idea for the series come about?

I wanted to create a record of my friend and I’s time together on a Christmas holiday in her hometown of Port Edward, KwaZulu Natal. I have wanted to capture her in a raw and intimate way for years but we had never found the right opportunity.

“I hope to capture people in a way that feels true to who they are.“

What do you hope to achieve through your photography?

I hope to capture people in a way that feels true to who they are. Through my personal pictures I try to process the world around me. I like to look at my photographs like diary entries. I have a strong need to save the special moments of my life and I do so by making pictures.

Your ideal morning?

On an ideal morning I would wake up to a sea view, a pancake breakfast, a big black coffee and no serious plans for the day ahead (no distractions to pull me out of being fully present in the moment).

Your dream person to photograph?

I think that any person could be beautiful and interesting to photograph so long as the image feels like an intimate depiction or authentically expressive of who they are. Unfortunately, I don’t have a particular dream individual who comes to mind.

What are you most excited about the 2019?

Lately, I have been experimenting with making short videos and am looking forward to learning how to tell a better story through moving images.