Ekaterina Nikolaeva @katya_warped
Photographer Ekaterina Nikolaeva aka Katya Warped. Born in Cheboksary in 1989. Graduated from the Faculty of Interior Designer (Yakovlev Chuvash State Pedagogical University) in 2011. Ekaterina took up studio photography at the age of 21. She started working in PhotoStudio as a staff photographer, but since 2012 she has been developing her creative vision on a freelance basis.
In 2013 Ekaterina had her first personal photo exhibition
NeVistavka in the city of Cheboksary. Co-organized 4 large-scale creative workshops (2015-2017) and MODEL INTENSIVE project for young emerging models (2016-2019). Took part in the FOTOGAME international photo contest (2015). Ekaterina’s works
have been published in both foreign and Russian magazines: e.g. PURPLEHAZE, The Forest Magazine, Elléments Magazine, Cabinet de l’ART, En Vie, HUF Magazine, Feroce Magazine, Like a Lion, intElegance magazine, IMIRAGE Magazine, Obscurae and etc.
The photographer took part in the Fashion Prints Exhibition (2019) in Berlin. Ekaterina loves mixing several styles and genres, giving preference to thematic shoots with thoughtful images. Over the years the artist has formed a good team – together they do creative projects from the very heart.
2021 Solo 3D Exhibition "The Golden Fish", Haze Gallery, Berlin
2019 HAZERESIDENTS 001, Haze Gallery, Berlin
2019 Fashion Prints Exhibition, Berlin
2013 First personal photo exhibition "NeVistavka", Center for Contemporary Art, Cheboksary.
Q&A to Katya
How did you get into the world of photography?
The love for photography was there since the time I can remember myself. But I consciously approached this passion of mine at the university, where I have studied to be an interior designer (from 2007 to 2011). In the third year, we had a semester dedicated to photography. I took part in a small exhibition of student photographs at our faculty. And at that moment I have realized that this is the area where I want to grow.
Another interesting fact was that a couple of years ago I found out that my grandfather was fond of photography too. He went through the Great Patriotic War and brought home many photographs of his colleagues, which he took at the front. Unfortunately, my grandfather is no longer alive, but our family keeps the album with the old pictures as a memory of those times. To some extent, I continue my grandfather’s fascination, although in a completely different genre.
What does photography mean to you?
Perhaps it sounds very banal, but photography is my whole life! I do not have a separation between “work” and “hobby”. Everything that happens in my life is somehow related to photography. There was not a day that I did not think about photographing. The most interesting and the best moments of my life are related to photography. Whether it’s travel or meeting new people that is what is changing my life.
Do you shoot on analogue or digital? Is there any difference?
I’m shooting digital. Now I have two Nikon D850 and Nikon D800 working cameras, and one small Sony α6000 Travel Camera. It seems to me that regardless of whether we are talking about commercial photography or some more creative things, the camera is one of the tools with which you narrate, but nothing more. I believe that it doesn’t matter what you shoot, it matters WHAT you shoot and HOW.
Your definition of beauty in a nutshell?
For me, beauty is harmony. And no matter what aspect of beauty we are talking about, as even in chaotic forms there is its own beauty and its own harmony. So it is in people. It is not necessary to meet “beauty standards”, if a person is harmonious with himself, then he will be beautiful, no matter what appearance he or she has.