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.

I Need a Hero……….

Triston Finnis proved his tenacity and passion for live music over the weekend, bringing it to a field in front of hundreds of like-minded people. The Socially Distanced Festival organised by Twisted Melon Promotions was a refreshing and welcomed re-introduction to festival fever by audiences and performers alike. The excitement and electric atmosphere was palpable as festival goers soaked up the sun and music.

Backstage the performers turned up, strummed and tapped, eagerly waiting for their set time. The festival was organised to perfection, adhering to all social distancing and COVID-19 government guidelines. Nick was invited to the festival to continue his Rockumentary project with the talented Jon peach, whose set in the acoustic tent was a resounding success. Nick chatted backstage with Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation and the Ska Billy Rebels, both from the popular 1980s band ‘The Specials’. Saturday nights highlight,was witnessing Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison,rock the crowd to a selection of their original alternative rock tracks. Nick captured the band in his unique rock ‘n’ roll style whilst they shook the stage and filled the air with electricity.

“ The Socially Distanced Festival was a resounding success. Hopefully many more to come. I give my full support to Triston Finnis and his team for sticking it out to make this work so well despite being subject to heavy flak during the whole process of putting it together. See you next year“. (Nick Elliott)

Thanks to Triston Finnis and Twisted Melon Promotions for proving that with these kind of organisational skills it is still viable to continue with these events,in a forgotten industry that has been left to fend for itself.

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.

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…

Fans for the Support…

elliottstudios and Nick Elliott are always indebted to the loyal and resounding fan base that appreciate and have purchased Nick’s fine art over the years.

Nick and the studio team would like to show their recognition and acknowledgement to all these wonderful people by inviting them to send their selfies to be included in a new fan base gallery on Nick Elliott’s official website.

nickelliott.info

If you would like to be included please send your selfies to benicebond@icloud.com with your name and where you reside.

Try and keep it clean guys!!

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer…

A Peachy Proposal…

A hot sunny day and a burger on the beach was a welcome prelude to the two heavyweights of the music and rock photography Industry, discussing an exciting new collaboration that will continue Nick Elliott’s Rockumentary series.

As Nick’s Rockumentary projects with Earl Slick and Ed Graham draw to a close, Nick has found himself in the exciting and unique position to choose select individuals within the music industry to photographically document and continue his series of fine art photographic publications.

Great Yarmouth’s jewel in the crown, Jon Peach Is a singer songwriter who has carved an enviable and well respected career within the music industry. Writing and performing with ‘Pray for the Buffalo’ and ‘Junk Shop Poets, Jon has just completed his phenomenal solo project ‘Love Songs For Losers’, which was born out of his passion for beat poetry and storytelling love songs. The Rockumentary, taking approximately one year to capture, allows Nick to shadow Jon during shows, rehearsals, recordings and leisure time.“

“I’m really looking forward to working with Nick we are going to have a great time, do or die it’s going to be fucking fun’!

Jon Peach Singer/Songwriter.

During the production of the Rockumentary, there will be an opportunity for Nick to shoot some surprise guests that Jon will be working closely with over the next year.

“I think this project with Jon will turn out to be a fabulous body of work, plus I think we’ll have a real blast while working together over the next 12 months. Jon has a fantastic look and that is such a big part of the Rockumentary project’s that I do it’s going to make a fabulous book’!

“I’m mad for it”!!

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer

When life gives you lemons, choose a peach…

Rocking it up….Nashville style

If you are missing your live music daily dose you can tune into Nick Elliott’s ‘Sound and Nicks Vision’ at Southside Broadcasting and listen to all 55 podcasts. Containing scintillating conversation and superb tunes, take a listen and give yourself an audio treat.

Nick‘s new radio show, ‘A night in with Nick Elliott’ has regrettably been briefly rescheduled due to the difficulties of this year. The new launch date will be in the Autumn. Nick is working hard at Elliottstudios collaborating and producing the show to be aired via podcast.

Another new radio show, with a solo Nick at the helm, he is due to be launched mid 2020. ‘Country rock with Nick Elliott’ will be broadcast on CMR Nashville Radiio Station, owned by Lee Williams and can be heard worldwide, stretching over 68 countries. Keep tuned for further details.

“ Country Rock radio is a diversion from my usual music genre but I’m looking forward to bringing my own unique style of classic rock to country rock radio. I’m a big fan of the USA particular Nashville and its musical heritage. it’s great to be back in Nashville“

Nick Elliott rock art photographer

Lockdown at elliottstudios….

During this extremely challenging time, what has nick been doing at elliottstudios? Well, he’s been busier than ever, preparing the upgrade of elliottstudios and cramming the online shop with never before seen images of all your favourite music legends.

Nick has been post producing hundreds of images for his forthcoming books and final projects. As his project with Ed Graham and the legendary Earl Slick draw to a close, Nick has been shortlisting images and sending them for publication.

Nick has also been meticulously planning the release of the first of several conceptual dark art projects, and is in negotiations with galleries regarding exhibitions interviews and TV appearances across the UK, USA and Europe.

“It’s an exciting time, it’s a busy time and I’ve definitely knocked my pipe out!” Nick elliott rock art photographer

During the last two years Nick has been honing down his culinary expertise and has had a chance during lockdown to become quite a connoisseur of his favourite dishes.

“I make a mean rock ‘n’ roll chilli. It has several secret ingredients, one of which is a bottle of JB! Let’s face it any chilli is fucking Rock n’ Roll after a bottle of JB!”

Nick Elliott rock art photographer…

Nick is also missing his partner, Benice Bond during lockdown.

“Benice is a frontline worker on Intensive Care, so we are individually self isolating to keep everyone safe, and haven’t seen each other during the lockdown. Thank god for face time and phone sex!!,,

Nick Elliott rock art photographer

Nick has also found time to pick up an old friend…. He’s black Fender guitar…Nick has been knocking out some tunes and waiting for a vacancy with the Hollywood vampires.

“These challenging and difficult times won’t last forever. Stay in and stay safe. Be kind to one another and let’s all meet up healthy and happy when this is all over”

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer…

Nick has also been in negotiations with TV directors who want to make a one hour rockumentary about his life and his rise to world renowned rock art photographer. Filming starts on this exciting new project next week in various locations around North Norfolk. Look out for him on location!

“This is a great opportunity to work with some amazing people. It’s wonderful to reminisce about times gone by, I didn’t realise I had so many stories to tell!”

“Stay safe, stay well and see you on the other side mutherfuckers!!!”

Nick Elliott Rock Art photographer…

Ch….Ch….Changes….

Much needed changes taking place at elliottstudios, all in the capable hands of the elliottstudios team, We have transformed the website into a real visual treat. The press office has been replaced with the Nick Elliott Official page, To bring a refreshing new look. And Nick has been very busy updating his portfolio and adding new collections of fine art photographic work many of these images are previously unseen and taken from Nicks personal archival collection..

All One off pieces of fine art.

Hundreds of new images can be viewed in the online shop @ nickelliott.shop

Nick has been working incredibly hard on several conceptual art projects, soon to be showcased in a selection of fine art galleries across the UK, Europe and the USA..

If you can’t get to an exhibition don’t worry, the projects will be released in a sealed XXX fine art book due for release sometime early next year 2021

It really is not for the faint hearted……

“ I would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone at elliottstudios for making the rebranding the best it’s ever been in preparing the whole Nick Elliott brand for a new future.

The rebranding and upgrade of the nickelliott.info website has been a particularly busy time for the elliottstudios team. And Nick would like to thank them all for their tireless commitment and hard work”

Nick Elliott Rock Art photographer.

Dead Reynolds, Dead Good…

Dead Reynolds were one of the new up-and-coming Inspiring acts playing at the Dukes Head Ballroom, Kings Lynn’s Marketplace on Saturday the 22nd February.

Nick could not resist the invitation to pop along to meet up with the guys and peruse the new talent. Callum (Lead Vocals), Ben (Bass Guitar), Dom (Lead Guitar), Luke (Rhythm Guitar), and the band’s drummer Luke, collectively known as Dead Reynolds have been together for just two years, but the chemistry and the talent that Oozes from their performance is indisputable.

The event hosted by Triston Finnis Owner of Twisted Melon Promotions, showcased 10 new musical acts that wowed the audience.

Although this years Kings Lynn festival Too has been unfortunately postponed, next years event will be better than ever. The festival also promoted by Twisted Melon Promotions, will feature a ‘Battle of the Bands’ event and our very own Nick has been invited onto the judging panel. Hopefully Dead Reynolds will find time in their busy schedule to give the crowd a musical treat as they did last year.

If you can’t wait that long, catch the new single ‘Line’s’ on YouTube.

Triston’s five-star alternative and new music radio show can be heard weekly, belting out some superb tunes on KLFM Loaded with Triston on 96.7fm.

Nick Pictured with the band Dead Reynolds…

So put a date in next years diary for Kings Lynn’s Festival Too and catch up with Nick and a few friends.
“Triston’s Commitment to putting on one of King’s Lynn best festivals will be missed this year, so let’s all support next years Festival Too and make it the best yet”

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer.