Nikola Olic is a Serbian photographer living and working in Dallas, Texas, focusing on architectural photography and abstract structural quotes that reimagine their subjects in playful dimensionless and disorienting ways.
His photographs are on view at the Uptown Downtown Gallery, and have appeared at the Dallas Museum of Art's Public Exhibitions, Dallas Fashion & Art Show, ArchDaily.com, Gizmodo.com, Dwell.com, Bartlett Lobby Magazine, Creative Boom UK, and many more Internet and traditional media establishments.
Abstract structural photography affords conceptual excursions and playful imagining of what massive solid immovable city structures might represent, both in a real urban sense and a personal experimental one, drawing us closer to the cities we explore by assigning these structures a purpose and meaning that reflects us, our stories, and our histories.
Each photograph -- a carefully orchestrated and patiently executed mission -- is accompanied with a short story about the subject, its name and the nickname seen in it through the camera viewfinder. Around the story is a critical part of this short visual journey: a minimalist map showing the city, the street intersection, the orientation, and the placement and direction of the camera.
These spatial references offer a quick return to the real world, of cars, buildings, people and interim visual possibilities. They are intended as demystifying tools essential to abstract photography, reminding that these structures -- beautiful or otherwise -- are on every corner, in places we visit and places we live in.
This transience, this photographic opportunity, can be suspended by a camera shutter for a fraction of a second, and transformed permanently both into what we see in the structure, and whatever at that street intersection and in that city and on that day we find in ourselves.