Zuka Kotrikadze: Playful Characters in Mobile Photography

Geometry and Color of Minimalist Photography


Zuka Kotrikadze is a young award-winning Georgian photographer who takes photos using his phone. No fancy studio lights, no expensive equipment — just sunny days, rich colors, and lots of inspiration. Kotrikadze’s work is minimalist, geometric, and vibrant, capturing playful stories in simple compositions.

In the colors, I found the language that is most interesting to me. I like daylight, sunny days, and its aesthetics that can be both fun and sad.

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Kotrikadze turns to minimalism to make his characters visible and allows the viewer to understand the story on their terms. His compositions are graphic and contrasting. Using strong splashes of color and a lot of negative space, Kotrikadze creates visual narratives empowered by emotions. Although his composition style is clean and open, the elements in his photos slowly reveal themselves and surprise the viewer, leading their eyes through the entire space.

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My favorite photo series is ABC art. With these photos, I was able to connect the character with the viewer. And allowed each viewer to understand it in their way. Minimalism is the best way to do this!

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The photographer makes a statement by limiting himself to a mobile phone camera and natural light. It’s challenging yet rewarding. From restrictions come creativity, ambition, and determination. Kotrikadze’s subject matters are people and spaces, street life and architecture, nature and man-made scenery. He finds beauty in simple things, and it’s only natural to capture it using the camera on hand. 

I think I have added my share of responsibility and proved to myself and those around me that desire, aspiration, hard work are integral. And the most important thing is to always believe in yourself and your abilities.

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Zuka Kotrikadze allows for inspiration to come at any moment, unplanned. The present moment is what matters; the current environment is what stimulates the artist. And although hard and continuous work is necessary, the photographer takes each project as a new challenge and a new opportunity to express his creativity.

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Working on a series or project is important and necessary for a photographer. As I said, I do not like to plan everything in advance. The environment and moments stimulate me to create something new.

 

Find Zuka Kotrikadze’s range of minimalist photo art prints here.
Article written by Monica Radulescu.

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