For over 40 years, Niki Butcher has focused her camera on the fading facades of old Florida, capturing funky ‘mom & pop’ wayside businesses, lonesome sandy beaches, and the beauty of the Everglades. Remembering the gentle feeling of old Florida postcards, Niki hand paints her black and white photographs in vibrant tones and pastel hues.
“Hand-painted black and white photography is a way for me to express myself more specifically, to make my work more personal. I like to take an image and then add color that might not be entirely true to the original scene but helps me elicit an ambiance or a fleeting feeling that I want to capture. I also delight in the idea that I’ve revived a photographic technique that once was popular but now is nearly forgotten.” -Niki Butcher