Q & A. PART 6

Q1. What’s your favourite meal? (JB Coventry UK)

A1. Chips and egg with bread and butter. A close second would be a full Monty. Benice is a brilliant cook and she has taught me a few of her tricks. You could eat in Monaco and it would be as good as her home-made chips and egg.

Q2. What’s the last book you read? (A regalia UK)

A2. I was fortunate enough to receive David Bailey‘s new book ‘Look’ for Christmas and it’s absolutely enthralling . I’ve also just read ‘The boy, the mole, the Fox and the horse’ by Charlie Mackey. It’s fantastic, I recommend it to everyone, and it’s reassuring in these times. The artwork and the text are just spot-on.

Q3. What do you prefer to drink? (B Carter UK)

A3. I love a pint of ice cold milk, but that’s closely followed by JB and Pepsi on ice. I met Agostini in the clubhouse at Silverstone in 1974 during the British motorcycle Grand Prix. During our chat he ordered us both a whiskey and Coke, in a tall glass over ice. It was the best drink ever. Afterwards I thought that if it’s good enough for Agostini it’s good enough for me and I have drunk my JB like that ever since.

Q4. What tips can you give an aspiring music photographer? (Remedios P. Greece)

A4. I don’t normally give tips on photography. I’m a firm believer that you should find your own style and develop your craft to make it individual. Individualism is the way to make your art stand out from the rest. It blazes a unique trail that others try to emulate, but as you develop and become more creative those twats that copy, find it hard to keep up. Always keep pushing your creative boundaries and be daring.

Q5. Truth or dare? (D Clark Bodmin UK)

A5. Truth

Q6. Have you ever been arrested? (Joyce Gwyn South Wales UK)

A6. Well no, but I nearly was. My friend and I climbed the Christmas tree in the middle of Peterborough town Square in 1973. When we got down, the dibbles were waiting for us. It took a bit of sweet talking for them to let us off with a warning. I was totally ragged that night. Happy days!

Thank you for all your questions. If you have a burning question for Nick, whatever the topic, please send it to benicebond@icloud.com.

Q & A PART 4

Q1. How do you relax in your spare time? (KD Scotland)

A1. I listen to music, and watch classic British films and British comedies. I’m developing my cooking skills, and I love spending time with my partner and playing guitar.

Q2. What is your most favourite aspect of being a rock photographer? (E Shields Illinois USA)

A2. Photographing the people that are my heroes, who have made me who I am today, whose music has influence to my outlook on life, people and my creativity.

Q3. What is your greatest creative motivation? (J Ward UK)

A3. To leave a mark in photographic history, for people to recognise what I do. I want to my work to be viewed and questioned by the viewer I want them to explore their own emotions and try to understand the reactions and feelings that my images evoke.

Q4. Who would you want to be stranded with on a desert island and what three items would you take with you? (M Rogers Dunstable UK)

A4. My mum and I would take with me a camera, a guitar and a hairdryer!

Q5. What do you think about when photographing rock bands? (M Phillips Bideford UK)

A5. I think about the final images. I know when I’ve got the perfect shot and how it will look. The subject matter becomes irrelevant, and it’s always about the art

Q6. I think my boyfriend is going to ask me to marry him on Valentine’s Day, what should I say? (Kerry UK)

A6. Hi Kerry if you don’t get a better offer, then say yes!

Thank you for all your questions so far, if there is a particular question that you would like Nick to answer please send it to Benicebond@icloud.com

LIGHTS ,CAMERA, ACTION

‘The Story So Far’, a documentary produced and directed by the talented filmmaker Andy Blithe of Aturn Films, continues its filming across Norfolk, charting the unique and enviable life of world renowned rock art photographer Nick Elliott.

Filming has proven to be quite challenging at times due to the current lockdown, but where there’s a will, there’s a way and shooting has taken place at Elliott Studios documenting Nick post producing and preparing his fine art images for his upcoming exhibition and sales.

It is hopeful that Andy will be shadowing Nick on his UK to USA tour to record stateside the events of this much anticipated event.

Nick and Andy are making headway with the filming of ‘2 go mad in Norfolk’ at various locations around Norfolk. Penthouse I has been refurbished to make it the most desirable motorhome on the road. Not limiting themselves to the road, the boys will also be kings of the waterways as penthouse II has finally dipped her bottom into the water and is ready to christen the waters of Norfolk with Captain Blithe at the helm and Mr Elliott no doubt planning a mutiny.

Look out for the lads in the county on all the different modes of transport, bringing laughter and mayhem to the locals of Norfolk as they rediscover the hidden delights of the county in their naughty, exclusive style.

“I’m so enjoying this partnership with Andy. We are the Morecambe and Wise of Norfolk. We have a lot of laughs but we take all the projects very seriously. It’s a pleasure to work with him, plus he’s taller than Ernie “. (Nick Elliott)

TOURING IT UP…UK TO USA STYLE

Nick and the Elliott Studio team are busy shaking their tailfeathers preparing for the forthcoming tour to the USA.

The tour management is being exclusively undertaken by Brenda Cline, CEO of the workhorse 165 entertainment group. The tour dates and venues are coming together and proving to raise much excitement amongst Nicks American audience. Starting in Oakland, the tour will consist of ticketed theatre shows across several states. ‘An audience with Nick Elliott’, will hear Nick reminiscing, and answering questions about his unique life as a renowned rock art photographer. A no holds barred recollection of his life back backstage, his childhood and a private life that has shaped him into the person that he is today. No subject will be off-limits!

During the tour Nick will be attending signings of his new book, intimate guest appearances, radio and TV interviews. A new range of Nick Elliott memorabilia and apparel, specifically designed for the tour will also be available to purchase.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to work with Brenda. I’m looking forward to getting back to the USA“ (Nick Elliott)

2021…..DON’T GET TOO COMFORTABLE IT COULD STILL TURN INTO A SHOCKER!

Nick and the team at Elliott studios welcome is in a new and exciting year that promises to be full of delightfully exhilarating projects.

Nick is excited to announce his ongoing support of Pancreatic Cancer Action via his new project, ‘One Role’, in remembrance of his beloved mum, who died of pancreatic cancer. A conceptional final project that Nick is in the process of shooting entails a portraiture photographic shoot of selected celebrities as you have never seen them before.

The finished product will be presented in a fine art publication and will contain a delicate combination of written word from an informal interview and images of artists that reflect their sentiments.

Available to purchase through Nicks official website and selective photographic outlets. Nick is donating a percentage of all sales to the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity and hopes to surpass his original target of £2500. If you would like to support this worthwhile cause you can visit Nicks Just Giving Page on his official website.

Many artists that Nick has previously had the pleasure to work with have already expressed their interest in being associated with the project. Nick is also in discussions with other musicians and TV/film personalities who he hopes to be included in such a worthwhile cause.

“After living through perhaps the worst experience of my life, I feel that I can now do something that will help make a difference to identifying early diagnosis and improve survival rates. “ ( Nick Elliott.)

Nick is also working on his first ever virtual fine art photographic exhibition, in preparation for its release on selective Internet platforms. Several art galleries are already lined up to host his first showing which is created quite a buzz at Elliott Studios.

Nick’s loyal fan base and collectors along with new clients, will have the opportunity to partake in the virtual tour to see previously unseen works of art displayed in the most innovative way.

“Under the present circumstances, this allows a wider audience to visit my exhibitions and enjoy my art from the comfort of their own homes. There is some new and fabulous artwork on show which introduce them to a previously unseen facet of Nick Elliott. “ (Nick Elliott)

Nick’s ongoing Rockumentary series continues with a pictorial documentation of chart topping band Dead Reynolds and love song loser John peach. Both projects will result in a body of fine art images for book publication in the continued series, and images for band merchandise.

Nick’s close association with Aturn Films progresses with the continuation of ‘The Story So Far’. A revealing documentary about the life of Nick Eliott, due for screening at selective cinemas, terrestrial TV and Amazon Prime.

“Filming is proving a little difficult during lockdown, so we have adapted to the circumstances and started to film segments at Elliott Studios which is quite a laugh as the JD starts flowing.

Andy Blithe and Nick are still going crazy in Norfolk with the adventures of “Two go mad in Norfolk”. The boys can be found filming in Nicks home county of Norfolk so keep on the lookout for them on their travels. Penthouse I is already on the road and Penthouse II ready to dip her bows in the water to add to the Norfolk shenanigans. Once editing commences the Two Go Mad series will be released on YouTube and other social media sites.

Plans continue to be finalised for Nicks UK to USA tour under the careful guidance of Brenda Cline, Nick Elliott exclusive US management, of the Workhorse 615 Entertainment Group. The tour will compromise of ticketed theatre shows across several US states as an audience with Nick Elliott. Nick will regale a no holds barred recollection of backstage life, his career as a renowned Rock Art photographer and his private life that shaped him into the person he is today. No subject will be taboo.

As part of the US tour, Nick will also be attending book signings, intimate guest appearances, radio shows and TV interviews.

“Can’t wait to get back to the USA “. (Nick Elliott)

Just some of the exciting new projects that Nick and the Elliott studio team are delighted to present to you for 2021.

“Stay careful and stay safe. Let’s all look forward to when Boris lifts the curtain on new times “. (Nick Elliott)

I’m ready for my close-up Mr Elliott…

Familiar with this genre, Nick has already developed concept art and directed four music videos. Nick’s extensive film history also spans to appearances in front of the lens. He has starred in cameo roles for Gary Curtis and Ed Graham’s music videos to name a select few, and continues to light up the screen with his ongoing documentary, “The Story so far” Filmed by a Aturn films.

Nick‘s natural progression to filmmaking will result in many new projects off the drawing board, to come out of elliottstudios.

Some of the new concepts include short films for submission to film festivals, commissioned music videos and documentaries.

“Having been approached many times to shoot music videos, the concept of moving into filmmaking seems a natural progression to extend my creativity. It’s a concept that I’ve been considering and kicking about for two years. Over the last year, the face of the music industry has changed, and how artists present themselves has changed also. Music videos and live streaming allowed me to keep up with these changes.

Exciting or what!!

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.

Nick Elliott,The Story So Far….so far

Nick is delighted with the responses and interest shown in a new one hour production by Aturn films documenting his life as a rock art photographer.

Nicks stylish career choices have led him on an unusual journey of life, sprinkled with celebrities and topped with an unmistakable gift of creating art. Despite his desirable lifestyle, Nick keeps his feet firmly on the ground.

“ I believe you should never forget your roots and remember where you came from and who made you. You should never lose your head up your own arse, because no player is bigger than the club“ (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer)

So when Rob Harvey, radio host and producer, featured ‘The story so far’ in his popular ‘TheRob Harvey DJ daily’, Nick and the Elliott Studio team were thrilled to be included in such a well respected publication.

“It was a very pleasant surprise to see the story featured in Robs DJ daily press” (Nick Elliott. Rock art photographer).

Meanwhile, ‘The story so far’ documentary continues in its production with Aturn films, owned, produced and directed by Andy Turner. Andys previous documentary The Heart of a Lion’, is scheduled to be screened at Norwich open air cinema next week, current COVID 19 guidelines permitting.

‘Nick Elliott, The Story So Far’ is scheduled to finish shooting next year. Watch this space for further updates.

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.

The Story So Far…

Aturn films, owned by Andy Turner approached Nick some time ago with a proposal that was just too good to pass up. Filming has now commenced on a no holds barred documentary about Nick‘s life, his grass root beginnings and his rise to renowned rock art photographer, taking his place amongst some of the most revered photographers the world has to offer.

“I met Nick some 10 years ago through printed media, we have stayed in touch on and off since then.”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

The candid documentary delves within the layers of Nick’s personality and allows viewers a sincere insight into what makes this artistic,tick both behind and in front of the lens.

“Knowing how passionate Nick was about his work I knew I needed to document his life to where he is now, warts and all, and show people how life within the art world is full of peaks and troughs”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Nick talks openly about his career as a newspaper photographer, his first studio, how he took the advertising industry by storm, working within the rock art industry, his totally unique and captivating images depicting his beloved Norfolk and his slow descent into a hideously despondent private world, following several personal tragedies that have shaped his future art for good.

“ Nick made me aware of some new exciting projects he was working on that was somewhat different compare to his usual fine art rock photography“

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Nick chats transparently to Aturn Films and discusses life events that have brought him here today, events which have impacted on his perception of art, and his relentless passion to make a difference within the creative industry. He discusses his family, his colourful childhood tinted by his Eastend roots, his emotional frustrations within a failed marriage, and his desire to be secluded from the idiosyncrasies of modern day society.

“Nick is one of the coolest and nicest people I know, and following his story over the coming months will bring a rare insight into the mind of a creative at their best”

Andy Turner (Aturn Films)

Filming takes place over the next few months on locations throughout the UK. Once completed, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in this enthralling documentary via Netflix, Amazon prime, and terrestrial TV.

“I feel so pleased and excited about this Aturn film documentary. It’s straight out of the desk and totally unedited. I would very much like to thank Andy for the opportunity to tell my story and look forward to creating something fantastic during our joint collaboration as it progresses”

It’s Rock n’ Roll!

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer…