Having laboured on it for the past month or so, I am now prepared to publish an extensive (ambitious?) thematic photo essay of Nika Koshka.
I have photographed Nika on what turns out to be an annual basis since 2012. During this time I have literally watched her change from a young college girl whimsically exploring life to a young, but fully adult woman directly facing a host of grown-up challenges.
Although I had the essence of this shoot in my mind's eye when I contacted her earlier in the spring about doing another session, in many ways the product resulted from a somewhat collaborative effort, as Les Fleurs et la Petite Mort candidly explores, almost voyeuristically, Nika's own interpretation of her not-so-smooth transition from youthful exuberance to adult sobriety.
In this essay, the term "little death" refers not just to the post orgasmic state, but also to the epiphany all adults in some way, at some time, experience when the unbridled optimism of our youth- the flowers, runs head-on into the reality of our adult existence- resulting in the death of our innocence- the death of a cherished part of ourselves that can never be resurrected.