Part 2…Q&A with Nick

Q1. Is there any rockstar that you would want to photograph? (Marielle B. Uk)

A1. Well, that’s an easy one. Without a doubt it would be Rory Gallagher. The guy is a legend, and he is responsible with a few others for influencing my taste in music.

Q2. Cats or dogs? (Jules. S. London UK)

A2. I love all animals, but I’m going to have to go with dogs. My schnauzer friend Dudley is the best.

Q3. If you had a dinner party who would you invite, alive or dead and why. (Luisa. C. Bournemouth UK)

A3. My mum, just to see her and speak with her again. My dad for the same reasons and to ask him some questions that I never had the opportunity to before he died. Rory Gallagher, his music created a defining moment in my life, and David Bailey who I personally think changed the face of contemporary photography. And I would cook my rock ‘n’ roll chilli!

Q4. In your opinion what is the best camera that you have taken a picture with? (Jordan. Leeds UK)

A4. All cameras have different virtues. The The best camera I have ever used is a Canon. They are completely versatile, and whilst digital photography produces fantastic results, it shooting on a roll of film that separates the experts from the happy snappers. You can’t preview a shot, it’s totally reliant on light, exposure and an expert eye, when you use film. My Mamiya 67 is also a wonderful camera and a total pleasure to have in my hands.

Q5. Your house is burning down and you can only save two items what do you save.? (Lucas Leicester UK)

A5. Hi this is difficult because there are lots of things I would save, but it would have to be my memorabilia box. It contains many priceless things my mum and dad brought me when I was growing up. The second item would either be my partner Benice, or my Rolleiflex camera……I guess it’s going to have to be my Rolleiflex! She’s going to kill me when she reads this!

Q6. What is it like working with Robert Plant? Who have been the best rock band that you have worked with? (Janice S Bedford UK)

A6. Hi Jan, Robert Plant is one of my true heroes. He is a truly captivating bloke to talk to, extremely polite and down-to-earth. When I walked past him for the first time backstage, I actually shook with excitement, he’s been a massive part of my life musically. Led Zeppelin were my introduction to rock music and has remained at the core even to this day. There have been many bands that have been wonderful to work with, Rival sons, The Blockheads, Alice Cooper and Wilco Johnson to name just a few.

Q7. What influences your unique style of photography and how have you developed this? (Chris J Devon UK)

A7. The biggest influences on my style of photography where my dad at an early age, Terence Donovan, Patrick Litchfield and David Bailey who was my biggest inspiration. I also found inspiration in classic British black-and-white films and film Noir. They have so much atmosphere. My style developed with these influences that allowed me the freedom to express myself in my art and dare to push the boundaries of photography. Music also played a part in developing my inner awareness. Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd was the LSD of the music world.

Q8. Who are the best bands that you have seen live? (Paul T Newport UK)

A8. Hi Paul. I’ve seen many bands ,and artists that have had an immense impact on me as a creative and personally. The most prolific band that comes to mind is AC/DC, that gig changed my life to the core. Although I never shot him, Rory Gallagher was incredible, I saw him play three times. Others that were so wonderful to witness and be part of a musical union were Joanne Shaw Taylor, status quo, the darkness, ZZ Top, Metallica, levellers, and Ozzy.

Q9. Do you wear some pretty cool clothes. Do you always dress like this? I am taking a fashion degree at Leeds University and your dress sense inspires me. (Sam O Leeds UK)

A9. The contents of my wardrobe are a total expression of myself. Over the last few years I have become more experimental with my look, and it’s really liberating. It’s given me extra confidence and keeps me in touch with my inner self. I believe that what you wear represents your personality and identifies us as a person. Nothing should be off-limits. I feel people who judge others fashion sense are trapped in a mediocre, expressionless existence and can’t identify with themselves. So mix the colours up, wear spots and stripes and do what you Gotta do. Good luck with the studies Sam.

Q10. Are you a tit or a bum man? (Mark W Oxford UK)

A10. Tits every time!

If you have a question for Nick please send it to Benicebond@icloud.com and we will include them in the next Q&A session. please note some questions have been shortened.

Q and A with Nick Elliott

Q and A with Nick Elliott

Q1. Have you ever stripped off because the person you photographed didn’t feel comfortable being the only one naked? (Cheeky) Emma North Yorkshire.

A1. Yes of course! I always like to put my subjects at ease. I’ve lost my trousers quite a few times on shoots!

Q2. Would you draw the line ethically about taking a shot which was not morally correct, or is it important to capture everything?. Si. Baltimore USA

A2. I think it’s important to capture and record everything that is put before me. There are moments in history caught on film, that are truly shocking but these moments shape the audiences opinions, thoughts, emotions, and awareness. These images build history.

Q3. What is the craziest request that you have had ever said no to during a shoot?. Victoria H. Scotland UK.

A3. I’ve never said no to any request during a shoot. It’s important to accommodate your subjects as much as possible. Although I did turn down Ozzy Osbourne when he asked me to give him my boots!

Q4. How old were you when you lost your virginity, and where? Eva. V Cambridgeshire UK.

A4. I was about 15 years old at the Cambridge Corn Exchange after a Lindsfarne concert. It was a great concert!

Q5. One of the great artists you have had a chance to work with is the one and only Earl Slick… how has your experience been working with him and what have you enjoyed most about it? Cynthia H. Mexico

A5. Earl is a one-of-a-kind individual. A true gentleman and a musical genius. It was an amazing experience to hook up with slick and work with him over the last five years. Slick is an incredibly private person and it was a total challenge to gain his confidence. Slick allowed me to shoot up close and personal and I respected our friendship and the trust that we had developed over the years. We hook up whenever he’s back in the UK, we go on days out together which is always a blast. We appreciate each other’s careers and it’s wonderful to call him of true friend.

Q6. If you were not a rock photographer what vocation would you choose instead?. Claire R. Florida USA

A6. I can’t imagine doing anything else. It runs through me, but if I did have to choose, it would be within the music/creative industry. Probably a radio TV presenter.

Q7. Which photographers have influenced your art? Ernesto S. Italy

A7. There have been many. Anton Corbyn, Terence Donovan, Ansal Adams, Bailey and Maplethorpe just to name a few. I have the greatest respect for all of these artists, their vision and expertise have always influence to me. It has allowed me to develop and explore my own unique style and not be afraid to experiment with light, contrast, content, exposure and subject matter. It’s allowed me to be daring with my art work at a young age and develop as I got older.

Q8. What do you want to say with your images and how do you get them to portray that?. Henry A. Lincoln UK

A8. Each image portrays something different for each individual. I want my heart to be responsible for provoking a range of emotions. I want the audience to find a connection with the images that creates a deeper understanding of themselves. A self awareness that releases their true personality. I would like my art to make people think about what they are viewing.

Q9. What motivates you to continue producing fine art photography? Will B. Norwich UK.

A9. My motivation is driven solely by striving to move the creative line for myself and for the audience. I want to push the boundaries of the photographic art world, for my images to be relevant and thought-provoking even after my death.

Q10. Did you ever climb trees as a boy because Nicholas boys should never climb trees! Delphine Leeds UK

A10. I have had many a fight at school over that comment! I still climb trees and I’m still knickerless, as you would find out if you were in the woods with me!

If you have a question for Nick please send it in to benicebond@icloud.com and we will include them in the next Q&A session. Please note some questions have been shortened.

Size Matters Commemorative Collection

A year after the world first exhibition, Size Matters, a commemorative range of apparel has been released to celebrate the exhibition’s place in the history books.

The awarded nominated exhibition featured some of the world’s most famous musicians and was reproduced as individual free-standing exhibits, unveiled to an audience of 65,000 at Cholmondeley Castle’s Pageant of Power.

The stunning art exhibition of 13 images, each measuring a massive eight meters high, was believed to be the largest outside art exhibition ever – proving that size does actually matter!

The new Size Matters range of apparel consists of tee-shirts, vests, hoodies, and a tote bag, and is now available in nickelliottstore.com from as little as £12.95.

 

New Rock Apparel Range Coming Soon!

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On the back of unprecedented demand for Nick’s newly released t-shirts, we are delighted to announce that a new range of Rock Apparel featuring Nick’s work, along with bespoke designs created and  inspired by Nick himself, will be released soon.

The new range in currently in production but we will bring you more news on it all very shortly. In the meantime, check out Nick’s newly release range of t-shirts in Nick Elliott Store and grab yourself one today!