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Sam by Nikita Gale

Nikita Gale is a 26-year-old self-taught photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia, that shoot 35mm film whenever she can. She’s been photographing for about a year now: “- I started to get more serious about becoming a photographer when, about a year or so after my grandfather died, I found an old suitcase of his that was literally packed with over 200 photographs that he had taken. I had no idea how passionate he was about photography, so I took it as the universe’s way of telling me that I wasn’t just indulging some arbitrary hobby.

Nikita recently provided me with an intriguing test editorial with Sam from HOP Models, these are her thoughts on the subject of the story: “As of late I’ve been finding inspiration in how grotesque (first world) society’s obsession with beauty and perfection has become. A former South American beauty queen dies during a ‘butt implant’ procedure; 21-year-olds are getting botox injections as a ‘preventative measure’? Where does it all end? We’re practically (and in some cases, actually) killing ourselves by using permanent and mostly unnecessary solutions for superficial and temporary discomforts, and that is really the message I wanted to get across with this editorial. I shot many of the photos through a pane of glass to convey a feeling of overt voyeurism and constraint (from the model’s perspective).”

Her work has been featured in publications such as Pop Matters, OnSMASH, Art & Seek, and many more. At the moment she’s preparing for her first solo gallery show in November, and she’s going to have some work published in two music magazines, Ozone Magazine and Paste Magazine this summer.

Here’s “Sam” by Nikita Gale:

Model:  Sam (HOP Models)
Stylist:  Danniel Nicole (Love, Danniel)
Make Up:  Tonisha Cameron (Technikohler Make Up Artistry)
Hair:  Lindsey Wiseman (Salon Modello)

Check out the rest of Nikita Gale’s work here.