I’ve got 99 problems but The Peach ain’t one.

Nick and Jon catch up for a little chat… The faint sound of live music can be heard across the country as it trickles back onto the empty waiting stages, like rainwater refreshing a parched riverbed. Jon Peach, a tall drink of water with a hint of bourbon, has been breaking hearts since he first picked up his guitar. His unique vocal style and musical talent was an invigorating welcome onstage at The Mariners rest, Lowestoft, last week. It was an intimate, invite only gig, allowing social distancing and raising funds for the Carlfest charity. Jon and his brother Justin, bass and acoustic guitar, took centre stage at the mini three day festival and delivered a thirst quenching performance with 15 other acts and virtually broadcast to over 10,000 people via social media.

Our very own Nick Elliott was in attendance, bringing his unmistakable style and Va va voom to the rock photography world. Nick continues his Rockumentary project with Jon and whilst he made magic on stage, Nick captured the magical heart and soul of this seasoned performer.

Jon revitalised the audience with a selection of tracks from his band ‘Pray for the Buffalo’ and his newly released solo tracks from ‘Love Songs For Losers…‘

“I continue to repeat bad relationship choices because that’s the only way I can write such good Love Songs For Losers…!” (Jon Peach)

Nicks rockumentary series continues over the next 12 months with Jon, and has expanded to involve other mainstream bands and artists which will be announced after finalising negotiations.

In the meantime don’t forget to visit the nick elliott shop and peruse hundreds of new images of all your favourite rock bands.

“This was a great start to what I’m sure will turn out to be a wonderful body of work and a fantastic project to work on. I’m looking forward very much to producing these images and spending time with Jon. He’s a dear friend, I’m sure we’re gonna have a lot of giggles, and a lot of fun along the way. Should be a fucking blast”. (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer)

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.

Project Twenty Five

We are excited to announce a very personal project that Nick is launching – Twenty Five.

Twenty Five is in aid of pancreatic cancer and is to commemorate his mother, Coral Elliott, who died of the disease 25 years ago in January 2019.

Nick aims to create a ‘living’ project by shooting 25 portraits of notable subjects over 25 months to create awareness of the disease and raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. Read More

Alone On Christmas

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Nick is becoming a bit of a regular at Pinewood Studios performing cameo appearances in the videos for singer Gary Curtis.

Gary’s latest single, Alone On Christmas, has just been release and includes extended scenes to create a short film around a zombie breakout.

Nick stars alongside Gary Ashburn, Sally Geeson (Carry On/Bless This House), and Jerome Blake (Star Wars) as one of the scientists brought in to help contain the attack but doesn’t avoid being infected himself. Read More

Why? Because It’s A Cameo!

Last year, Nick was invited to Pinewood Studios for a cameo appearance in the video for the fabulous new single, Why, from Gary Curtis and Anne Nolan.

The single is available for download from July 4th but the video is out now and looking, and sounding, wonderful.

So take a peek now…and don’t forget to look out at 29 and 1.09 for Nick!

Watch Why on YouTube

If Every Day Was Like Christmas

With actress Charlie Evan

OK, we’re early, but the Christmas video Nick guested in at the legendary Pinewood Studios last year for British Country Music Award winner Gary Curtis has just been re-released with additional scenes.

If Every Day Was Like Christmas features Nick in a cast of celebrities including: actor Paul Barber (Denzil in Only Fools and Horses); singer Anne Nolan (formerly of The Nolans); actress Sally Geeson (of the Carry On films); and Brian Murphy (George in Man About The House), amongst others.

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Nick Helps With Flood Aid

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Flood Aid, a concert to raise cash to help the victims of the December 5 tidal surge in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been planned for later this month and Nick has volunteered to provide his photographic services free of charge.

The Flood Aid team has worked closely with the local council since January to organise the event and will showcase a number of local bands who will get the opportunity to perform on an ex-Radio One stage.

Nick explained why he wanted to be involved:

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It’s All For Charity, Folks!

2013-10-21 11.18.07The first video from Nick’s shoot at the legendary Pinewood Studios last month has just been edited and is all set for release on 24th November.

If Every Day Was Like Christmas is the latest single from British Country Music Award winner Gary Curtis and features Nick amongst a cast of celebrities in aid of raising money for Cancer Research UK.

Joining Nick in the video are: actor Paul Barber (Denzil in Only Fools and Horses); singer Anne Nolan (formerly of The Nolans); actress Sally Geeson (of the Carry On films); and Brian Murphy (George in Man About The House), amongst others.

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