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…

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.

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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.

A personal experience of loss by nick elliott

Continuing after dark side of my mind Nick has followed up with an equally thought-provoking exploration of his personal experiences of loss.

“These images are an expression of my own experiences of personal loss. They are meant to disturb you, they’re meant to shock you, they are meant to upset you that’s what loss represents.

Nick Elliott

Nick has produced a collection of powerfully hard-hitting and disturbing images depicting his personal loss. Whilst dissecting his own feelings of loss through the years, Nick has pulled on all of his resources to create a groundbreaking, self expressive and visually shocking display of loss.

These images are like nothing ever before taken by Nick Elliott. There are a total contrast to his rock art photography, which invoke many personal emotions from the artist himself.

The self representation of these images is a total step away from anything Nick has created previously, and it takes him from the viewfinder to the front of the camera.

These images will be exhibited in selected galleries around London and Europe next year.

Going country with Keith and Jo…

Earlier this year Nick caught up with his old friend Jo Lopez at the O2 arena in London. Nick had been invited as a personal guest of Grammy award winner Keith Urban, to attend his sell-out graffiti U tour, combined with the C2C festival.

Jo Lopez was guitar tech for the big Countryman himself, which was a great opportunity for these two close friends to get together stage side before the gig. The boys soaked up the pre-gig atmosphere, whilst listening to the opening acts of Brett Eldridge and Chase Rice, who warmed the crowd up nicely. Jo has previously guitar teched for other heavyweights in the music industry including Bruce ‘the boss’ Springsteen and his E Street band.

Also present at the concert was Nick’s friend and agent Lee Williams, taking the opportunity to pick up an interview with Keith and Nick before the show.

Keith Urban rocked to the arena in his usual style he had the 21,000 strong crowd up on their feet to heel to toeing and dreaming of a road trip on Route 66.

The little pocket guard drew in the crowd and sang to everyone as if it was for their ears only. A fantastic boot tapping, Stetson wearing night.

Urbans presents on stage was mesmerising and well overdue after his 12 year absence from UK soil.

“It was a great opportunity to see these two very special guys, they are an important part of my life, and the gig was absolutely kicking. Keith Urban is a great showman”

Nick Elliott Rock art photographer

Earl Slick, Glen Matlock and Nick Elliott at The Waterfront in Norwich UK…

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Earl Slick and the founder member of the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock throughout the summer have been playing to packed venues across the UK as they continue their tour together.

Nick caught up with them towards the end of May at the Waterfront in Norwich picking it up halfway through the tour. Not one more punter could be squeezed into the venue. And The Philistine‘s performed effortlessly to a cheering crowd.

Nick was invited by Earl to do what he does best and shot the whole show, these images will be released sometime next year in a very special picture book project that the two have been working on for the past four years.

Some well  known faces in the crowd included Dave Donley and the wonderful  Jess Smith, who was Earls guitar tech on the night.

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“It’s always a pleasure to catch up with friends that are such iconic legends in the music business. They have had such a massive impact on mine and other peoples lives over so many years.

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer..

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