Q & A. PART 12…

Q1. What is the one thing that you know now that you wished you knew when you were 20 years old? (Jason D. Essex UK)

A1. It’s not wrong to be different and be your true self. (Nick Elliott)

Q2. How do you improve your photography over the years? (B Angus Lincoln UK)

A2. My photography has improved because I no longer care, because caring means conforming and I have never conformed creativity to anything in my life. (Nick Elliott)

Q3. What does producing your images mean to you? Great fan of your work. I’m looking forward to seeing your Dark Art. (D Ellis London UK)

A3. The importance of my work to me, is immeasurable really. Each image is an expression of emotions, feelings, attitudes and moods. It’s an addiction rather than a want, to produce art, and when I can’t it makes me restless. ( Nick Elliott)

Q4. What type of cameras and lenses do you use? (JD Barker Norfolk.UK.)

A4. I’ve always used a combination of Canon, Roliflex and Mamyia cameras. My lenses are Canon EF. (Nick Elliott)

Q5. Can you tell me what tools you use to post produce and edit your images? What makes you realise you have a great image? (H Graeme. Hindleveston. UK)

A5. I edit through Photoshop. I always do 2 edits, first one to chop out the shit and the second to narrow it down tighter to see if the image will work as I initially saw it. When I see the shot I normally see it in black-and-white, not all images work in colour and vice versa. The image is about a statement and style and that interpretation can get lost if not post produced correctly. It’s about a deeper understanding of shadows, light, subjects, angles and individual style.

“Although Photoshop is the tool I use to edit and post produce my images, my eyes and sense of connection with my art and surroundings, delivers the message I want to convey”. (Nick Elliott)

Thank you for all your questions. Nick loves to answer them. If you have a question for Nick please send it to benicebond@icloud.com

UN TRATTAMENTO ITALIANO

(AN ITALIAN TREAT)

Nick‘s growing Italian fan base are in for a treat next year.

Raffy Clementi heads the Nick Elliott Italian page, she helps organise opportunities within the European fine art market, liaises with Italian businesses for sponsorships and negotiates TV and radio interviews, for Nick and elliottstudios. Raffy continues to make the Italian page a resounding success with an ever increasing Nick Elliott fan base and recognition from main stream musicians and rock bands.

Raffy has organised European sales of Nick’s fine art images, interpreting negotiations between Italian clients and elliottstudios.

After discussions at elliottstudios it has been decided that ‘The Story So Far’, Nick’s documentary charting his career and life should be released in Italy, fully translated with Italian subtitles.

This allows ‘The Story So Far’ documentary, produced by award-winning director Andy Blithe of Aturn Films to reach a wider audience across Europe.

“I’m so pleased about the growth of my Italian following and the interest in my art. Italy has always been a country that appreciates art, fashion and style”. (Nick elliott)

NATTERING AND CHATTERING…

Nick has had several interview invites recently, for dissemination in various local magazines and online news publications.

The Norfolk Broads was the most delightful of locations for an interview with John Kerrison, during a warm sunny day at the waters edge. Nick discussed in great depth his latest projects and recent negotiations for his continued workload at elliottstudios. Nick revealed his future plans for the rebranding of elliottstudios, and the complex process of producing and printing his three new publications containing archived unseen images, one of the publications will accompany his USA and UK tours.

Nick also talked about his exciting new experiences of organising his UK and USA tours, the venues that have been sourced and that have accepted his show, the tours content that sees Nick appearing before an audience to discuss his unique life within the rock industry, his personal life, his childhood, his iconic rock images and his reasoning behind his photographic diversity towards his recent dark art images.

Nick also described his experience of lockdown and how his personal revaluation kept elliottstudios financially viable during one of the most difficult times for self-employed creatives.

Additional interviews between Nick, and Lynn News freelance journalist and photographer Jon Seymour have also been completed. All interviews will be published in Norfolk and Suffolk Magazine, Suffolk Magazine, Lynn News, and King’s Lynn Online during December. Look out for these exclusive interviews to gain a comprehensive insight to Nick Elliott

“Really pleased to be asked to do these interviews. I love Norfolk and Suffolk lifestyle magazines, it’s a very nice publication”. (Nick Elliott)

U.K. TO USA AND BACK AGAIN…

Nick has been busy filming several show reels to accompany his USA and UK tours as promotional material. The reels will be distributed to potential booking agents and additional dates added to the current USA and UK tour dates.

Due to the current pandemic issues, Nick’s tours have been temporarily rescheduled for 2022, however these restrictions have been advantageous to add additional tour dates and venues.

Nick‘s tour managers, Brenda Cline (USA) and Lee Williams (UK) continue to work closely with Nick in preparation for next year. The shows content will include an audience with Nick Elliott, where Nick recounts his life and career as a rock art photographer, anecdotes, personal stories, and backstage secrets, followed by an opportunity to ask questions, a meet and greet, and special appearances.

The Tours will also include an exhibition of specifically selected unseen rock art images and copies of Nick’s new rock art book, personally signed by the man himself.

“I’m looking forward to getting the tours off the ground We have restructured the shows and added material to make it a totally exceptional and personal experience for the audience.” (Nick Elliott)

SHOP TILL YOU DROP…

Nick’s online shop has had a restyle just lately and it’s well worth a visit.

Some of Nick‘s new photographic collections have been added to make it even more exciting than before at nickelliott.shop. New images have been added to Nick’s portfolio site at nickelliott.photography including his new Bio and current project list, so you can always read what Nick is up to.

Why not take a visit to the online shop and treat the Rock ‘n’ Roll Art lover in your life, or yourself to some of Nick’s stunning Photographic fine art, or peruse the apparel range for something unique to wear this Christmas.

Don’t forget that Nick also for supplies to Rock Photographers Collective where a bespoke range of Nick’s images can be purchased, and high quality printed apparel.

Consider investing in some of Nick’s limited edition and original fine art images that have proven to be a worthwhile financial investment.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN…

Earl Slick is back in the UK for his current tour and he is meeting up with Nick for a much-needed catch up in Norwich and London during his new album signing.

Nick has been missing his good friend Earl who returned to the USA between UK Covid lockdowns during 2020, after a brief spell of teaming up with Glenn Matlock to produce several musical lockdown videos together.

Nick is looking forward to spending some quality time with Earl. The pair have known each other for six years and have completed several projects together during that time. Nick’s pictorial documentary of Slick’s career depicted in candid on stage and offstage images, took four years to complete and will soon be released in a fine art publication. Nick is now discussing further projects with Slick and how they can continue to work together.

“It’s been fantastic to work with Slick over the years. He is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met. It’s a great honour to experience his friendship.” (Nick Elliott)

Slick will also be featured in Nick’s feature film documentary of his life story ‘The Story So Far’ discussing their working and friendship exploits.

Q & A. Part 10…

Q1. What are your values for your photography and how do you measure and evaluate them?. (N. Rogers. U.K.)

A1. The values of my images are personally measured with integrity, honesty, authenticity and trust, based on my own known values of morality, integrity and ethics. However, my owns values are not subjected onto others, my images portray my own unique opinion within my own boundaries of creativity and art. (Nick Elliott)

Q2. Do you always see photographic opportunities wherever you go? (J. Brewer. London U.K.)

A2. Yes, pretty much. There is photographic opportunities out there wherever you look, but opportunities to create art are sometimes limited. It’s a representation of oneself, and what you see individually that sets us apart, it’s the opportunity to just take a picture of a moment, or create a piece of individual art, and all art is subjective. ( Nick Elliott)

Q3. I find your recent dark art project is quite intriguing and I’m looking forward to viewing the whole collection. Is this the direction your art is going in now? What about the fear of failure or rejection? (V. Huber. Manchester U.K.)

Q3. Yes it is the direction that my art is going. Creatively this is something that I have to explore which has previously been denied. Unfortunately the fear of failure and rejection is something every artist has to live with because it’s inevitable as art is so personal. If my art gives me satisfaction and evokes an emotion from its audience, wether that be positive or negative, then I feel I have achieved my goal. Art is designed to stir a broad range of emotions from its audience, from repulsion to inspiration. No art can be classed as rubbish, it’s just personal to the viewer wether they find it intriguing and captivating. (Nick Elliott)

Q4. What type of camera do you recommend for an amateur photographer? (J Snow Wales UK)

Q4. What ever one the photographer feels comfortable with. It’s a personal choice. The camera should be an extension of your body, considering balance, weight and even how you carry them. You can create a fantastic photo on one of the most inexpensive cameras, it’s all about your eye, the opportunity and the camera being an extension of you, and how comfortable and capable you are with using it which leads to proficiency. (Nick Elliott)

Q5. I’m struggling with my photography. I can’t seem to make the most of natural light and when I use the flash things look washed out. Have you any tips? (D. Rivers. Birmingham UK)

A5. They are probably washed out because they are overexposed. Shooting on manual brings its own problems, capturing natural light is a technique in itself. You need to know and understand how your camera reads natural light, all different makes of cameras read natural light differently. This is what makes film photography much more difficult than digital. Always shoot on manual, understand your cameras capabilities and bracket your shot. Experiment with lots of different natural light situations and practice. This is all part of the creativity and fun of photography. Hope this helps. (Nick Elliott)

Nick thanks you for all your questions. He will answer all questions that are sent. If you have a question for him please submit it to Benicebond@icloud.com

Winner

It was with with intense pride that nickelliott.shop and the Nick Elliott brand was awarded specialist art retailer of the year 2020/2021, for London and Southeast region by Corporate Live Wire Prestige Awards, that recognise small/medium businesses that continue to deliver excellent service within their market.

The judging panel based their final decision on, service, excellence, quality of products and creative practices.

The London and Southeast region is one of the largest and competitive regions for this business award, and once again elliottstudios have proven to be a Business worthy of this recognition.

READ ALL ABOUT IT

John Kerrison, a freelance photojournalist for Norfolk Magazine and Norfolk and Suffolk Magazine publications , caught up with our favourite rock art photographer Nick Elliott, at Brundall Bay Marina for a swashbuckling interview onboard Norfolk’s almost famous Penthouse 2 boat.

John has interviewed Nick several times previously for the Norfolk publications, however there was still much to talk about with all Nick’s new and upcoming projects.

Further information will be released shortly regarding the dates of publication so you can read all about it.

“Great to see my dear friend again. John is very good at what he does, so I know it will be a mean interview.” Nick Elliott.

UNDER WRAPS

Dom Greenwood and Luke Green from the superb rock band Dead Reynolds, met Nick for a concept meeting recently at their practice studios in Wisbech.

The meeting was a resounding success with many ideas and concepts being discussed. Shooting on this particular project will begin in June and Nick is raring to go.

“Not only are Dead Reynolds an extremely talented bunch of musicians, they all have a great image that I intend to capture and make this album art totally kicking”. Nick Elliott.

The concept will comprise of several location shoots around Cambridgeshire, incorporating landscapes into the design. It will likely take 3 to 4 days to capture, and Nick will head up a team of stylists and make up artists to ensure that the boys look their usual top dollar. Further brief discussions about visuals, layouts and styling will take place with the band before shooting starts.

“I’m really looking forward to working with these guys. It’s going to be a bit of a giggle”. Nick Elliott.