AN UNHOLY SHOOT

Several weeks ago Nick was commissioned by the heavy rock band Unholy Alliance, for a rather special shoot at the disused airbase, RAF Sculthorpe in Norfolk.

The talented and well respected band have been together for four years and have been rocking audiences around the U.K with their energetic performances. A USA tour is on the cards for September this year which is generating much excitement amongst their overseas fan base.

Ady Bailey’s, distinct lead locals heads up the band, with Nick Jackson-Wynch on lead guitar and support vocals, Richard Griswell, drummer and Michael Tatler, bass guitar. Rising from the ashes of the bands past association with English Dogs, Unholy Alliance continues to demonstrate their creative superiority with original compositions, angry, demonstrative vocals and impressive musical abilities. Unholy Alliance have already notched up two successful albums and continue to go from strength to strength in the music industry.

The band arrived at the bitterly cold, shoot location after a long drive from the North of England. After a brief wardrobe change, it was down to business. Nick seized the opportunity to create some adventurous and unique shots of the band that epitomises their music.

“Sculthorpe is a great location and opportunity to shoot some really exciting images of the band. It’s got a lot of atmosphere and unique hidden corners to get something really face melting for the guys.” Nick Elliott

The shoot went onto the evening time, and Nick continued to shoot with the use of all available light, a technique which he is well know for in his creative fine art.

Once a wrap was called, Nick, the elliottstudios team and the band all went for a well deserved and very tasty meal at one of Nick’s favourite restaurants.

“It was great to work with Unholy Alliance, they are a top bunch of guys. Let’s do it again sometime.” Nick Elliott

SLÁN GO FÓILL!

Slán go fóill, as they say in Ireland translates into the endearing phrase, ‘Goodbye, stay safe and see you very soon’, which is exactly what Nick and the elliottstudios team are planning for.

After a wrap was called for the very successful commissioned Irish Tour, shooting Simon Collins and his album collaborator, Kelly Nordstrom for album artwork and promo material, it’s now time for the team to head home and back into the studio where all the hard work starts.

Nick now has hours of editing and post producing over three hundred images taken on the Irish Tour. Each image can take up to an hour to post produce and bring it to the uniquely high, photographic fine art quality that is associated with Nick’s creations.

Prior to his departure, Nick and Simon discussed further collaborations, which will see Nick and the team travelling back to Ireland in the late Spring, Summer and Autumn, for further commissioned shoots for Simon’s next three albums. Simon is also keen for Nick to document an upcoming project between himself and his father, Phil Collins (lead singer and drummer for Genesis) which will take place in Phil’s hometown of Geneva, Switzerland.

“It’s been an amazing experience to work with two such talented musical geniuses and professionals. I’m looking forward to seeing the guys again and creating some more face melting art with them.” Nick Elliott.

Andy Blithe, who accompanied Nick to Ireland, took the opportunity to add more film footage to his documentary, ‘The story So Far’, chronicling the life of Nick due for release at selected cinemas and TV later this year.

IRISH EYES

As Nick’s Irish Tour draws to a successful close, it was time for a little down time to relax and enjoy the local surroundings with some of its charming characters.

Nick has been on a commissioned shoot on location in Kerry Ireland for several days. The purpose of the shoot was to supply album artwork and promo material for Simon Collins new album, out for an Autumn release in the U.K. Simon, Genesis drummer and son to Phil Collins, has been collaborating with Kelly Nordstrom, acclaimed Canadian guitarist, to produce a progressive rock album from Collins Irish studios.

Nick, has travelled to the Emerald Isle to capture some atmospheric fine art images of the duo at several prominent locations around The Republic Of Ireland. Accompanied by Andy Blithe, who is continuing Nick’s documentary of his life story, ‘The Story So Far’ and also documenting the Irish Tour, which has been hailed a resounding success by all participants.

The last day of the tour was an opportunity for everyone to to enjoy some relaxation after several hectic days shooting.

Simon Collins was keen to take Nick and the team to the local pub for some traditional Irish cuisine and beverages. Attracting the locals attention, it gave everyone the opportunity to swap some stories and even Nick swapped T- Shirts with an enthusiastic fan who recognised our world renowned photographer and Simon Collins.

Discussion’s are now taking place for a return trip for further commissioned shoots regarding Simon’s future albums that he is now working on.

ERIN GO BRAGH

Nick is still hard at it on his Irish Tour, shooting with Simon Collins and Kelly Nordstrom to create unique album artwork and promo material for Simon and Kelly’s new album, due for a autumn U.K. release.

The shoot location has moved inside to Simon’s state-of-the-art music studio near the picturesque Irish town of Kenmare, situated on the Kenmare Bay it is often referred to as the jewel in the Ring Of Kerry. The Ring Of Kerry is a popular scenic drive in Ireland’s southwest County Kerry and takes in coastal and rugged landscapes on it’s circular route.

The landscape of Ireland has proven to be a breathtaking opportunity for Nick to produce his art and source an abundance of shoot locations.

Nick has been blown away with the Irish hospitality and the magical landscape of Southern Ireland.

“This shoot is absolutely amazing, not only the wonderful locations and photographic opportunities that Ireland has to offer, but the elliottstudios team has been made so welcome by Simon, Kelly and the Collins family. We couldn’t have wished for a better trip or hosts. It’s absolutely busting!” Nick Elliott.

Back in Simon’s studio, the team had some valuable down time from shooting and a well deserved drink. Simon and Kelly, proving to be Ireland’s most fantastic host’s, took time out to present Nick and the team with some signed memorabilia for the studio.

“Time for a JD, I think.” Nick Elliott

And it’s not over yet. Keep connected to nickelliott.info for more Irish tour updates.

ROCKING AND ROLLING IN IRELAND

Mulgrave Barrack, (Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland) is Nick’s shoot location with the talented musicians Simon Collins and Kelly Nordstrom.

Mulgrave Barracks is an impressive site, and curiously has the appearance of an ancient castle ruin. The historical truth is in fact that the Mulgrave Barracks was a home built for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in the nineteenth century. Now left in ruins it has become the ideal location shoot for Nick to produce some of his unique fine art.

Rain has not dampened the spirits of anyone on the shoot, only added to the atmospheric photographic art that Nick is creating. The shoot is expected to stretch into the night, so it’s a busy day for all concerned.

The activity around the Barracks has already attracted some onlookers, and fans of Simon Collins, (Genesis drummer and son of Phil Collins) and Kelly Nordstrom (Canadian Rock Guitarist).

The finished images will be used as album artwork and promo material for Simon and Kelly’s new album which will be out for release in Autumn in the U.K.

Keep connected with nickelliott.info for updates on Nick’s Irish Tour and shooting progress.

THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH

After arriving in the beautiful Republic of Ireland yesterday for a commissioned shoot with the talented musicians, Simon Collins and Kelly Nordstrom, it was an early call time for Nick today.

After checking the location of the shoot yesterday evening, it was time to prep the photographic equipment this morning, in readiness for this much anticipated shoot.

But first, Simon Collins, son of Phil Collins introduced Nick to the Collins family before a truly welcoming Irish Breakfast to start the day off in style.

“Myself and the elliottstudios team could not have had a better welcome from Simon, his family and Kelly. Our accommodation is top drawer and I’m blown away with how kind everyone is here. After getting here we went to meet the guys at Simon’s studio and had a pretty pucker meal afterwards.” Nick Elliott

Andy Blithe is also accompanying Nick in Ireland to continue ‘The Story So Far” documentary, chronicling Nick’s life story and his unique talent for producing photographic fine art of mainstream musicians within the music industry.

“I’ve pre recced several additional locations this morning. The original location is stunning but the surrounding area is fantastic with so many other photographic opportunities that we are spoilt for choice. It’s absolutely wonderful. The weather is squally, but it will add to the atmospheric images that I’ve story boarded for the shoot. Definitely going to get a few face melting shots today”. Nick Elliott

Follow nickelliott.info for live updates on Nicks Irish Tour

GUINNESS ALL ROUND

Nick has packed his bag and is headed to the Emerald Isle today as his Irish Tour kicks off to a rather frisky start at Luton Airport.

Staff at Luton Airport took such a shine to Nick and his unique attire that they insisted that he take it all off going through customs, much to the amusement of the elliottstudios team.

Nick is being commissioned by Simon Collins to shoot his new album artwork and promo material at various locations around the Republic Of Ireland near the musicians hometown. Simon, the British-Canadian drummer and lead vocalist of the talented rock band Sound of Contact and son of Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins, contacted Nick for this very special shoot.

Simon and his album collaborator, and fellow Sound of Contact band member, Kelly Nordstrom an award winning Canadian guitarist, will be the subjects of Nicks commissioned shoot, to the wonderful backdrop of the breathtaking and magical landscape of Ireland.

Simon and Kelly have forged a notable and award winning reputation within the music business and continue to work with many mainstream music artists, including Genesis.

Simon has been busy during the lockdown period producing his latest album which has had a cathartic effect on him. The album comes from Simons experiences of personal hardship and struggle during various life changing events, including his divorce and band break up.

Nick has taken his studio team with him, including Andy Blithe, to document the Irish Tour and contribute to the fly on the wall documentary, The Story So Far, documenting Nicks life, produced and directed by Andy. The duo will also be broadcasting live podcasts.

Nick and Andy will be meeting Simon and Kelly later tonight at Simons studio and home, then it’s all off for a well deserved meal and a Guinness or two

Shooting starts tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled for live updates on nickelliott.info

LISTEN TO 2 GOING MAD

You can now listen to Nick and Andy talking nonsense in a new ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ podcast.

Nick and Andy, producer of Aturn Films, have been filming the ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ series over the last 18 months, and have now developed it into an amusing, lighthearted podcast, where the boys can be heard giving their opinions on the serious issues of bondage, home-cooked chips, popular sayings, ailments and the U.K. weather, to name a few.

Nick and Andy

To listen to the podcast go to –

‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ on Facebook

‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ on Spotify

In the meantime the filming for the popular ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ series continues, for release later this year on selected platforms, which sees this lovable duo travelling around Norfolk visiting the lesser know attractions that this wonderful county has to offer, talking to the Norfolk locals and creating laughter and mayhem wherever they go.

“It’s not for the faint hearted, more for the open minded! It’s great fun doing this with Andy, we have a lot to talk about.“ Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer.

Seaman Stain and Roger the cabin boy

Q & A. PART 13

Nick Elliott…

Ask Nick Elliott……….anything.

Q1. Of all the things that you are involved in, what makes you the most excited? D. Penn Cornwall U.K.

A1. What makes me more excited than anything is to tick the boxes of a life long dream, which is to eventually release all the ideas and creative frustrations that have been pent up inside of me my whole life. The concepts that I have had in my head for years and to turn them into reality and make imagery from them that expresses how I felt. It’s the next chapter.

Q2. What do you do when you are not working? D. Forde Coventry U.K.

A2. I spend time with my partner, I like a good walk, watch classic British comedy, and some of the great classic Films, and I can always fit in a nap every now and again!

Q3. Out of all your projects, what was the steepest learning curve for you? A.Feliciano. Italy

A3. My Dark Art Projects have uncovered facets to me that I am still discovering about myself, so I suppose that has become my steepest learning curve. They released many pent up emotions, it felt like a personal unveiling, a liberating experience. Then taking all that emotion and actually producing art from those feelings, I found it so creative because I didn’t and still don’t care of the consequences.

Q4. If you could switch places with someone, who would it be? J.Bell NY USA

A4. David Bailey, without a doubt. He has led many lives in one lifetime and achieved so many great things.

Q5. In photography what is the most challenging image you have captured. I. Mkrtchuan. Sheffield U.K.

A5. My Dark Art was, and continues to be the most challenging of images that I have taken. Capturing my raw physical emotion in self portraits, its very difficult to bring that emotion to a visionary form that I feel portrays my message.

Thank you for all your questions, please keep them coming! If you have a question for Nick email: benicebond@icloud.com

Nick loves answering your questions, and he will endeavour to answer them all. Please note some questions have been shortened.

CHECK THE GATE…

A brand new collaboration between award winning film producer Andy Blithe of Aturn Films, and Nick Elliott, world renowned rock art photographer, has now been launched.

Nick and Andy are excited to announce the development of Elliott Blithe Films, a full service production agency that is already gathering interest from prospective clients across the U.K. Nick and Andy each take on the combined roles of Director/Producer within their new media production company.

“We work really well together and each of us bring different but essential skills to this new organisation. We film and edit together which I find incredibly creative.” Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer

Elliott Blithe Films are expertly equipped to produce high quality documentaries, TV ads, social media ads, feature length films, short films, music videos, advertising and marketing campaigns and social media links. The production agency is set to expand its content creation as it develops over the next several months.

Elliott Blithe Films have already been involved in several small successful projects, as well as producing their own ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’ series, due for release this year on selective platforms.

The concept and development of Elliott Blithe Films has been over a two year period. The agency has been sourcing state of the art equipment to ensure quality filming and editing, and Andy is now a qualified drone pilot, for all the unique aerial filming. Elliott Blithe Films gives assurance to its clients to deliver a truly distinctive, diverse and professional service that guarantee a quality creative production and positive results, bringing content creation to life.

Nick Elliott pictured with partner Andy Blithe…

For more information about Elliott Blithe Films, its services, and how it can help your corporate organisation or individual commissions contact-

Email: Studio@elliottblithefilms.com

To speak to Andy or Nick directly about your requirements call…. Andy- 07467066880 or Nick- 07881650883

“This is so exciting! We have already completed several small projects which were a total success. I’m looking forward to expanding the production agency in the near future. The dynamics between Andy and I are very good which helps to produce excellent results together.” Nick Elliott. Rock Art Photographer

ROCK PHOTOGRAPHERS UNITE

Nick is proving to be a big hit at Rock Photographers Collective (RPC), the reputable clothing company under the directorship of its founder David Trew.

Nick has previously supplied thirty unseen images for the exclusive use by RPC on their extensive clothing range and merchandise. These unseen images are proving to be extremely popular as Nick’s sales within RPC continue to rise.

RPC is an established rock art clothing company supplying quality hoodies, T-Shirts, rock art memorabilia and fine art prints using images from a select illustrious group of rock photographers, including Andy Cotterill, Tony Mottram, Angela Williams, Mick Hutson and our very own Nick Elliott.

For an opportunity to bag yourself an exclusive rock image by Nick and to check out the amazing clothing range, head over to rockphotographerscollective.co.uk for some retail therapy.

Happy Shopping

“It’s just wonderful that the sales at RPC are going so well, I believe that it’s a reflection of the quality of the clothing range and merchandise. Thank you David for including me in such a reputable company.” Nick Elliott rock art photographer.

STAVE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Lorraine Degnan and Phil Blankley, directors of Stave Rehearsal Rooms Nottingham LTD, contacted Nick several months ago to discuss a thrilling new proposal which will see Nick back in the rehearsal studios with his camera.

Lorraine and Phil have over 40 years experience in the music business and have built Stave from the floorboards upwards, offering professional rehearsal rooms in the heart of Nottingham for musicians of all genres. Assisting with the company’s development is manager sound engineer, Ian ‘Mole’ Ettridge who has an invaluable role within the Stave Team.

Stave Rehearsal Rooms have seen many mainstream musicians pass through its doors, and have close connections with the Courteeners, The Horrors, Quireboys, Blackstar Riders, Uriah Heap, Ricky Warwick, Diamond Head, Paradise Lost, We Are Scientists, Thunder, The Answer and Airbourne. It also welcomes new up and coming musical talent with Wraith, Unholy Alliance, Knives and Mordhau.

Nick’s new collaboration with Stave Rehearsal Rooms will see him become recommended official photographer for the company and its clients. Nick will provide professional photography, video, location shoots, and bespoke packages for seasoned and new musical talent that step over its threshold.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an incredible team, and shoot new and established musical creatives.” Nick Elliott rock art photographer.

For more information about Nick’s new position and Stave Rehearsal Rooms visit: http://www.staverooms.co.uk

Nick with Lorraine, Mole, and Phil of Stave Rehearsal Rooms