Story and Photo by Gareth Vieira 

After a six year hiatus, Nicolett Jakab is back with a collection of her latest photography on exhibit at Coffee Public

I had to drop my photography work while raising my children,” she said. “Coming back to this has been a great experience and a refreshing thing to do.”

The reception for Nicolett’s art show entitled Lifting the Veil was held on June 9th. The café was packed with friends, family, and various art lovers and supporters. She was joined by DJ Fabio Palermo who spun the perfect musical accompaniment to her photography. 

I like ordinary objects and I like to put them in a new light,” she said. “I think ‘Lifting the Veil‘ is appropriate because the work is about seeing things differently, taking out the murkiness to reveal what is hidden.”

Nicolett has worked professionally as a photographer for over twenty years, discovering her life-long passion at an early age.

By the age of sixteen, I knew that I wanted to be a photographer. Then I just pursued it relentlessly. I was determined and I did a whole bunch of odd jobs to supplement my passion when I wasn’t making ends meet.”

Nicolett’s work has been shown in the past, the first being eight years ago, but she says it’s challenging to make a living out of solely exhibiting if you aren’t well known.

I’ve mostly focused on bread and butter stuff like events, weddings, and portraiture. I dabble in every kind of photography, which I very much enjoy.”

Her work can be described as abstract photography. For this exhibit, Nicolett has incorporated two different styles: one utilizes happy, vibrant colours, while the other is softer and muted. The brighter images are derived from lampshades that were pulled out of a dumpster, while the softer images are taken of mosquito netting which she used while in Peru on a retreat.

I love hearing how people interpret my work,” she said. “The interpretations are always interesting and offer a perspective I didn’t see myself. I try to extend an object’s lifespan. Are we at the end of the road for this? Can it continue? Can it have another life?”

Nicolett, her partner, and their two kids have been living in Port Hope for almost two years and say that after many years of traveling, moving, and being restless, she considers this her home. 

This is a good place to grow roots, and the children love it here,” she said. “I feel like there’s a lot of potential here in Port Hope for beautiful things.”

Continuing on this stream about art, community, and how the two coincide, we ended the interview by discussing the value of art from a local perspective. 

My perspective on life is hope, and Port Hope is an appropriate place to be, and I believe in the genuine goodness of people, and it’s through art and music and all the beautiful things that human beings can create that we can find peace even in the most turbulent of times. I am grateful and proud to have my photography being shown here at Coffee Public. It’s a really good feeling”

Nicolett’s photography is the first in a series of exhibits featuring local artists that Coffee Public will host as part of their ongoing commitment to support the arts in Port Hope.