|nikbarte, the desert photographer
| Nik Barte was born in Verona in 1967.
Began his passion in photography and arts during the adolescence, then
develops a growing interest in communication with preference for visual
Is within this period of adolescence that comes to light his love for
observation and reproduction of the world, with more sensitivity in
nature themes, portraits of people, life and environment, through the
art of photography.
The photograph is discovered initially by reading and looking at books
of art preserved in the libraries of the grandparents, studying the
works of the photographers and visiting exhibitions and museums.
The first photographers who discovers through books and the works are
Andreas Feininger, Max Dupain, Edward Weston and Helmut Newton.
It is probably this very early period he calls "age of reflection",
that helps him to turn on the desire of travelling with eyes and a
camera to discover the world and its beauties, often hidden.
In this way is began for Nik Barte a long journey in the world to
capture and describe the essence of what has not yet been described by
other photographers, through a own expressive language.
The first decade is dedicated to reportage and portraits of people, but
he is not yet focused on a specific topic and is not adopted a language
Nik Barte carries a camera everywhere, claiming that “you can't never
know when and where you will observe a curiosity in the world around
us”. “We must always be ready to shoot the essence of life, the beauty
and the birth of a sudden emotion”.
In 1993 born within him a great attraction for the deserts, discovered
during a visit to the Mojave Desert and the national park "Joshua Tree
National Park." This experience was for him a sort of "electric shock".
In 2003 began for him a period of intense activity within the sandy
deserts of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, giving origin to a series of
photographs that, only ten years later, will be shown to the public
with his first art project entitled: "DUNEs, unveiled beauties", beauty
revealed. For him the activity of Diving in the heart of the African
deserts become a sort of "obsession", closely linked to the
photographic research in this untouched environment and in progress
still today, far from the evil of mankind but near the wisdoms of
Great Sand Sea, White Desert, Black Desert, Qattara Depression,
Karafish Desert, Gilf el Kebir Desert, Wan Kasa, Erg Murzuq and Abu
Muharak are the name of some of the deserts where Nik Barte intensified
his photographic research. Black and White is the language used
mainly by Nik Barte to show the shape, the character, the shades, the
real soul of the desert.
Curiosity from Nik Barte's life: In February 2011 Nik lived for almost
a month in the Gilf el Kebir desert, placed at south of Egypt in the
heart of the Sahara, for creating an extraordinary series of works. An
intense and unusual experience, spent with the own camera and
living fully isolated from the rest of the world.
In February 2013 has crossed the egyptian desert using a traditional
MTB bicycle (mountain bike). Nik has travelled by bicycle in
self-sufficiency in the desert area that separates the oasis of Siwa
and the Bahariya. 422 Km of sand, rocks and stones, paths in less
than two days. His camera accompanied him even in this unusual
Nik considers photography a way to tell and share with others the most
interesting things, more sensual, more positive, more exciting images
that can stimulate the senses and nourish the feelings so to invite
other people to think on a specific topic.
For Nik the desert, with its multiple shapes, represents one of the
most extraordinary metaphors of life. Among the many proverbs of the
wise people still living in the desert, there is one in which the
photographer is particularly fond of: "God created land rich in water
to allow people to live and created the desert so that they can find
their soul ".
In 2013 his project “DUNES: Unveiled Beauties” has received the high patronage from the foundation “Museo delle Antichità Egizie”, formally the Egyptian Museum in Turin (Italy).
Nik Barte has exposed his works and projects at:
- Milan (Italy): Spazio NOA, 2010
- Brescia (Italy): L'Arcobaleno, 2011
- Cologne (Germany): Photokina, 2012
- Paris (France): Le Salon de la Photo, 2012
- Brescia (Italy): Officina da Camera, 2013
- Turin (Italy): More words Festival, 2013
- Turin (Italy): Photissima Art Fair, 2013
- Bergamo: BAF Bergamo Art Fair, 2014
- Milan: N.I.P. New Ideal Photography, SR Sabrina Raffaghello Art Gallery, 2014
- Milan: #DesARTification, SR Sabrina Raffaghello Art Gallery, 2015
courtesy of Wolf Linder)
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| Main photographic art works are available in Limited Edition for private art Collectors, Museums and Art Galleries, printed on precious Fine Art papers for archive (Hahnemühle FineArt paper).
||my favorite subjects
|- Deserts and Dunes
- Landscapes and Nature
- Brand identity
- Bad human behaviours