Italian photographer Nicholas Albrecht embarked on his artistic career studying fashion in Milan. During his years working as an Art Director, he came across plenty of people who have influenced his ever growing interest in photography. He relocated to San Francisco and acquired a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Since then, Nicholas’s work has been widely appreciated.
The ongoing project titled A.F.D.I.S.A.D., in other name Artifacts from the Desert and the Impossible Search for The Atomic Device, is taking place in Salton Sea, located in the Southern California desert.
This series is an insightful attempt to explore environmental and social consequences caused by atomic testing, that was practiced there. Nicholas’s images thoroughly capture the feeling of loneliness and desolation, that permeates through the scene, overlapping the traces of psychological landscape. “The impossibility of the search refers both to the fact that no physical remains exist of the test, and to the understanding that photography exists beyond representation,” shared his thoughts the artists.
Besides analyzing the landscape with serious past, Nicholas sees the series as a study on the limits of photography regarding its expressive traits. The photographs reveal a certain feeling of isolation, while discreetly showcasing not only the void landscape, but the strong connection between the photographer and the people surrounding him.