Artist Statement - John Michael Nikolai
  • Artist Statement


“He’s For The Birds”

The last time I successfully distilled my entire life into its essence I was drowning in the sea. My favorite part of photography is being able to tell a story to a stranger without ever having to make eye contact with them. The first friend I made in Kindergarten was a tree. I read exclusively non-fiction books about people who inhabit places even more remote than I do. I’m not afraid of flying, I’m afraid of crashing. Losing all your art supplies in a flood is a small price to pay for a studio next to the ocean. I love my dog. The last vice I will cling to is nostalgia. Only my feet wander farther and more often than my mind. I can say with confidence that I don’t like talking about myself. Whenever I am at my lowest I climb a mountain.

When I make a photograph I hope you are able to sense at least some of these things about me. And there is a little bird who follows me almost everywhere and keeps me company.


-John Michael Nikolai

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